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Republic P-47 "Thunderbolt"


Fighter / Fighter-Bomber

High-Performance Train-Buster.



The Republic P-47 Thunderbolt was one of the classic fighter/fighter-bomber designs to emerge from the United States during World War 2. The 'Jug', with its massive and powerful Pratt & Whitney air-cooled radial, was just as potent against ground targets as it was against aerial foes, proving itself a notable threat to German trains and military formations below. After a first-flight in May 1941 and service entry had in November 1942, total production went on to reach 15,636 units built between 1941 and 1945 while several experimental variants (XP-72) were also evolved. The final form was not retired until 1966 with the Peruvian Air Force, such was its value even in the post-World War 2 period.
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1
CREW
Speed
426
MPH
Ceiling
42,651
FEET
Range
1,031
MILES


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Mission Roles



AIR-TO-AIR
INTERCEPTION
GROUND ATTACK
STRIKE
CLOSE SUPPORT
RECON
EXPERIMENTAL
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Qualities





Evolution of the Line



The P-47 was an evolution of Republic fighters originating in the 1930s and refined throughout the years leading up to the Second World War. Its pre-war P-43 "Lancer" form showcased the design lines that would come to be embodied by the wartime P-47 "Thunderbolt".


Power, Power, Power



The power provided by the Thunderbolt's Pratt & Whitney air-cooled radial, coupled to its supercharger and driving a large four-bladed propeller unit, gave the P-47 exceptional speed when needed while its own weight added even more momentum during diving attacks - reaching 550 miles-per-hour in some cases.


Eight-Gun Firepower



The 8 x 0.50 caliber Browning Heavy Machine Guns carried by the P-47 provided this fighter with one of the more formidable standard armaments afforded to any one American fighter of the period. A single burst was often enough to bring any enemy down - and destroy most any ground target to boot.


When Jugs Attack



Not content with simply fighting fighters, the P-47 excelled in the fighter-bomber role and could be equipped with drop bombs and ground-attack rockets under the wings. in this way, the Thunderbolt became recognized as a train-buster and kept German train crews constantly looking to the skies for her.


Specifications



Year:
1942
Status
Retired, Out-of-Service (78 yrs)
Manufacturer(s)
Republic Aviation - USA
Production
15,636 Units
23 Total

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Bolivia; Brazil; Chile; China; Colombia; Cuba; Dominican Republic; Ecuador; France; Guatemala; Iran; Italy; Mexico; Nicaragua; Peru; Portugal; Soviet Union; Taiwan; Turkey; United Kingdom; United States; Venezuela; Yugoslavia

(List includes former, current, and potential operating nations)
P-47D-40: 1 x Pratt & Whitney R-2800-59 18-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engine developing 2,000 horsepower driving four-bladed propeller at the nose.

(Assuming optimal flying/environmental conditions)
Maximum Speed
426 mph | 686 kph | 370 kts
Service Ceiling
42,651 ft | 13,000 m | 8.08 miles
Operational Range
1,031 miles | 1,660 km | 896 nm
(Showcased performance statistics pertain to the P-47D-40 production model)
Length
36.15 feet (11.02 meters)
Width
47.34 feet (14.43 meters)
Height
14.67 feet (4.47 meters)
(Showcased measurements pertain to the P-47D-40 production model)
Empty
9,998 lb (4,535 kg)
M.T.O.W.
17,505 lb (7,940 kg)
(Showcased weights pertain to the P-47D-40 production model)
8 x 0.50 caliber (12.7mm) Browning M2 air-cooled heavy machine guns in wings (four guns to a wing).

Optional ordnance for fighter-bomber role:
2 x Conventional drop bombs under wings (one bomb to a wing); single bomb could be carried at centerline.
10 x 5" unguided air-to-surface rockets.

Also centerline, jettisonable fuel tank for extended operational ranges.
Supported Types:




Machine Gun graphic Machine Gun(s)
Conventional Drop Bomb graphic Conventional Drop Bombs
Attack Rocket graphic Rockets / Rocket Pods
Additional Fuel Tank graphic Additional Fuel
P-47 "Thunderbolt" - Base Designation.
XP-47 (AP-10)
XP-47A
P-47B
XP-47B
P-47B-RE
RP-47B
XP-47E
XP-47F
P-47C
P-47C-RE
P-47C-1-RE
P-47C-2-RE
P-47C-5-RE
P-47D - Definitive operational/production model of World War 2.
P-47G
XP-47H
XP-47J
XP-47K/L
P-47M
P-47N
XP-72 (AP-19) - Experimental high-altitude, high-performance interceptor prototype.
P-47 "Turbobolt" - Turbojet-powered design study.
AP-47 - Proposed dedicated ground-attack variant of 1948.

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