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The P-47 Thunderbolt earned its reputation as a rugged workhorse of the United States Army Air force in WWII striking down close to 4000 enemy aircraft on more than 700 000 sorties. The success of this aircraft would solidify the status of Republic Aviation as a leader in aircraft manufacture and design and ignite the career of its chief engineer Alexander Kartveli. Kartveli, whose genius helped create the P-47, would shape a generation of ever more advanced aircraft from the F-84 Thunderjet, to the F-105 Thunderchief, to the A-10 Thunderbolt II. Dr. Robert Sanator, a protege of Kartveli, was witness to this golden age at Republic as he worked his way up from designer to company president. In an exclusive interview, Dr. Sanator pays homage to the legacy of Alexander Kartveli and the aircraft he conceived for Republic.
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