Test pilots and P-47 Thunderbolt, 1945

Test pilots and P-47 Thunderbolt, 1945

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Caption: Test pilots and P-47 Thunderbolt, 1945. Langley test pilots (from left): Mel Gough, Herb Hoover, Jack Reeder, Steve Cavallo and Bill Gray. They are standing in front of a P-47 Thunderbolt Fighter in this 1945 photo at what was then known as the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory (now the Langley Research Center). This testing dates from the period of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), the role of which was transferred on the creation of NASA in 1958. The P-47 Thunderbolt, manufactured by Republic Aviation, was a fighter aircraft introduced in 1942 and used in World War II.

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