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Air Force Military Aircraft: Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, Images by Wernher Krutein, Larry Nattrass, and PHOTOVAULT®

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The P-47 was one of the most famous Army Air Forces (AAF) -fighter planes of WW II. Although originally conceived as a light weight interceptor, the P-47 developed as a heavyweight fighter and made its first flight on May 6, 1941. The first production model was delivered to the AAF in March 1942, and in April 1943 the Thunderbolt flew its first combat mission, a sweep over Western Europe. Used as both a high-altitude escort fighter and a low-level fighter-bomber, the P-47 quickly gained a reputation for ruggedness. Its sturdy construction and air cooled radial engine enabled the Thunderbolt to absorb severe battle damage and keep on flying.

Affectionately nicknamed 'Jug," during WW lI, the P-47 served in almost every active war theater and in the air forces of several Allied nations. By the end of WW II, more than 15,600 Thunderbolts had been built. Production P-478, -C, early -D, and -G series aircraft were built with metal-framed "greenhouse" type cockpit canopies. Late -D series (dash 25 and later) aircraft-such as the P-47D-40-RA on the web page here-and all -M and -N series production aircraft were given clear "bubble" canopies to give the pilot improved rearward vision from the cockpit. One of the aircraft on this page is a P-47D (S/N 44-32718) and served with the 1st Air Commando Group in China in 1944-45.

The P-47 was often used in a close air support role during the latter part of World War II. For this reason the USAF decided to honor the P-47 by naming the first USAF aircraft designed specifically for close air support of ground forces, the A-10 Thunderbolt. The direct descendant of this venerable fighter was the Republic F-84 Thunderstreak.

SPECIFICATIONS

Span: 40 ft. 9 is
Length: 36 ft. 2 in.
Height: 14 ft. 8 in.

Weight: 7,500 lbs. max.

Armament: 6 or 8 .50 cal. guns mounted in wings, 10 rockets In underwing zero-rail launchers, or 2,500 lbs. of bombs carried externally

Engine: One Pratt & Whitney R-2800-59 of 2,430 hp.

Crew: One

Cost: $85,000

 

PERFORMANCE

Max. speed: 433 mph/376 knots

Cruising speed: 350 mph, 304 knots

Range: 1,030 statute miles, 895 nautical miles

Service ceiling: 42,000 ft.

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