This week on The Historians Podcast, Patrick Chaisson discusses his multi-media presentation “Wings of Victory: Aircraft Production in New York State during WWII.” Chaisson is a retired (after 26-years) US Army and National Guard Lieutenant Colonel from Scotia.
The F6F Bearcat was a carrier fighter built specifically to take on the Japanese Zero based on what was learned by recovering a crashed Zero in Alaska.
The plane was built on Long Island by Grumman.“It took some time for our pilots and our leaders to figure out how to fight against the [Japanese] Zero,” said Chaisson.
The other iconic aircraft is the P-47, a stocky plane officially called the Thunderbolt, but called “the Jug” by its pilots.
The plane was designed as a fighter, and did that job, but became especially famous as a fighter-bomber killing German tanks. The plane was built by Republic Aircraft on Long Island.
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