During the pre-game banter of my Saturday night Traveller game, the guys and I got started talking about really cool combat planes. I think we started withe the A-10 Warthog and moved on to some others, like the A-7 Corsair...
Anyway, I mentioned that the A-10 is called the Thunderbolt II because it's the spiritual successor to the original WW2 P-47 Thunderbolt, which is a VERY Russian design -- built like a brick shithouse and carrying no fewer than eight .50 BMGs! The guys were all "No, really?" and I Googled the designer to get the name.
So anyway, I was looking at the Wikipedia article and noticed that, funny enough, every major project that Kartveli worked on had the word "Thunder" in its name:
- the aforementioned P-47 Thunderbolt
- the F-84 Thunderjet/F-84F Thunderstreak
- and the F-105 Thunderchief
So here's where the funny part of the story comes in: As I told the guys, waaaaaay back when I first heard the song Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, I misheard the lyrics. I am slightly hard of hearing, you see, and Angus Young isn't the easiest fellow to understand. But since I knew that the song came out in the mid-1970s, when the Vietnam War was still going on, my brain just filled in the garbled words with something that made sense to me.
You see, I could have sworn that he was saying, "Dirty deeds in a Thunderchief," and my mind imagined a Thud doing a napalm run over an NVA-occupied rice paddy.