Tony Riccio, a P-47 Test Pilot

Tony's logbook.
Tony’s logbook.

On October 15, 1943, Tony recorded a “Forced Landing” in his logbook involving a P-47-D, ship number 275586, during a short 30-minute flight.

10-15-43 – Dead stick landing at Republic Field. No damage to airplane. Master rod failure in front bank of cylinders – also all link rods in front bank were sheared off. Engine failure at 7,000 ft.

Tony Riccio
Republic P-47-D Razorback Thunderbolt
Republic P-47-D Razorback Thunderbolt

Tony's logbook.
Tony’s logbook.

Tony flew his first P-47-D-25 “Bubble Canopy” airplane on February 9, 1944, ship number 226389.

Tony standing next to a P-47-D-25 "Bubble Canopy" warplane with other test pilots in his squadron.
Tony standing next to a P-47-D-25 “Bubble Canopy” warplane with other test pilots in his squadron.

1 Comment

  1. Bill, Another outstanding job and you have brought back to life a man who was difficult to understand. You, dear brother, have unearthed your heritage in doing this labor of love for aviation and the man who was your father. Doug

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