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