Regular readers of From the Flight Deck will remember that last summer the museum received a donation related to the combat career of 2nd Lt. Jack Hillary, one of the pilots who flew the B-17 “Thunderbird” in World War II.

As history has shown over and over, a simple action by a small group of people, or even an individual, can have consequences far beyond that group or individual that affect the whole of humanity.&n

Tarheel P-47

When the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt took to the skies for the first time on May 6, 1941 it was nothing like any other fighter aircraft that the United States had ever fielded before.