2012 saw an iconic shape return to UK skies with the public display debut of The Fighter Collection’s Curtiss P-47G Thunderbolt SNAFU at Flying Legends.
The P-47 Thunderbolt has always been a favourite of mine. TFC’s previous example, ‘No Guts No Glory’, was an airshow favourite up and down in the country in it’s bare metal finish and black and white checkerboard cowling. That P-47 was a familiar ‘low-back’ example with a teardrop canopy.
SNAFU is a much rarer ‘razor-back’ example of the P-47 with the original birdcage style canopy. It was first revealed to the public in 2011 in its authentic and very eye-catching scheme.
However, it was not until Flying Legends 2012 that the aircraft first appeared in a public air display when it was flown by Stu Goldspink in company with the B-17G Flying Fortress Sally-B.
It appeared again later in the season, first at the Duxford September Show and then at the Goodwood Revival. It is great see an example of one of the USAAF’s most important fighter aircraft back in UK skies.