Republic P-47 Thunderbolt

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SYNOPSIS: Affectionately know as "the Jug", the P-47 was a heavy (7-ton) fighter for its time. Designed as an interceptor, it found its true role as a hard-hitting ground-attack aircraft. Its great structural strength and massive radial engine that could withstand damage better than that of in-line engined fighters like the P-51 and P-38 helped it survive the punishment typically incurred on low-flying aircraft. With drop tanks the P-47 could escort bombers as far as Berlin, and while it served admirably in this role, most USAAF groups had switched to the Mustang by the end of the war.

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(updated February 2009)

Republic P-47 Thunderbolt

Type:           Fighter
Crew:           1, Pilot
Armament:       six or eight .50 cal machine guns

Specifications (P-47N):
        Length:         36' 1" (11.0 m)
        Height:         14' 7" (4.44 m)
        Wingspan:       42' 7" (12.98 m)
        Wing Area:      322 sq. ft. (29.91 sq. m)
        Empty Weight:   11,000 lbs (4990 kg)
        Max Weight:     20,700 lbs (9389 kg)

        No. of Engines: 1
        Powerplant:     Pratt & Whitney R-2800-77
        Horsepower:     2800 hp

        Range*:         800 miles (1297 km)
        Cruise Speed:   300 mph (483 km/hr)
        Max Speed:      467 mph (762 km/hr)
        Ceiling:        43,000 ft (13,105 m)

* (On internal tanks)


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