Tony Riccio, a P-47 Test Pilot

Tony's logbook.
Tony’s logbook.

Tony’s last test flight for Republic is on May 1, 1944, when he flew three P-47-D’s at their Farmingdale plant in Long Island, New York, for a total of 3 hours and 5 minutes.

Tony's logbook.
Tony’s logbook.

I believe this set of photos are of the last flight my father had in a P-47, and he went out in style with the first-ever “P-47 selfie,” minus the sharing via social media part, of course. I also believe the aerial photos are of the runway at Martha’s Vineyard Airport and the Eastern tip of Long Island, New York, along the Montauk area. This would seem like a logical route and one that my father would be comfortable flying and enjoying his last flight in the “Jug.”

Tony Riccio piloting a P-47.

Tony Riccio piloting a P-47.

Tony Riccio piloting a P-47.

Tony Riccio piloting a P-47.

I always wondered about the view looking out the front of a P-47 canopy. Now I know.
I always wondered about the view looking out the front of a P-47 canopy. Now I know.
Visibility looks good out of the side as well.
Visibility looks good out of the side as well.
Visibility looks good out of the side as well.

I believe this to be an aerial photo of Martha's Vineyard Airport.
I believe this to be an aerial photo of Martha’s Vineyard Airport.
Getting closer to the water!
Getting closer to the water!
Is Tony landing or is that the surf?
Is Tony landing or is that the surf?
A nice aerial photo of the tip of Long Island!
A nice aerial photo of the tip of Long Island!
Aerial photo in a P-47 piloted by Tony Riccio.

The P-47 "Jug" in all her glory. Let's never forget this old girl!
The P-47 “Jug” in all her glory. Let’s never forget this old girl!

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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