Republic XP-72

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(Thanks to Jon Brunker for providing the photo for this page.)

The XP-72 was a more-or-less straightforward progressive development of the P-47 Thunderbolt, designed to be a successor for that very successful aircraft. With a 3450 hp engine, a maximum speed of 500mph was hoped for. After favorable testing of the prototype, the USAAF ordered 100 examples, though the contract was cancelled with the changing course of the war. Only the two prototypes were built, one of which crashed, and the other was eventually scrapped.

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(updated February 2009)

Republic XP-72

Type:              Fighter
Crew:           1, Pilot
Armament:       six .50 cal machine guns
                or optionally four 37-mm cannon
                plus optional two 1000 lb. bombs

        Length:         36' 7"
        Height:         16' 0"
        Wingspan:       40' 11"
        Wing Area:      300 sq. ft.
        Empty Weight:   11,476 lbs
        Max Weight:     17,490 lbs

        No. of Engines: 1
        Powerplant:     Pratt & Whitney R-4360-13 Wasp Major
        Horsepower:     3450 hp

        Range*:         2520 miles
        Max Speed:      490 mph
        Ceiling:        42,000 ft

* (with two 125 Imp. gall. drop tanks)

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