Republic P-47D Thunderbolt “Hun Hunter XVI”

Aircraft Details

Armament:

Six or eight .50 cal. machine guns and either 10 rockets or 2,500 lbs. of bombs

Engine:

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

Max Speed:

433 mph

Cruising Speed:

350 mph

Range:

1,030 mi.

Wing Span:

40 ft. 9 in.

Length:

36 ft. 2 in.

Height:

14 ft. 8 in.

Weight:

17,500 lbs. maximum

Crew:

One

Service Ceiling:

42,000 ft.

Aircraft History

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The Republic P-47 Thunderbolt was a World War II-era fighter aircraft produced by the American aerospace company Republic Aviation from 1941 through 1945. Its primary armament was eight .50-caliber machine guns, and in the fighter-bomber ground-attack role it could carry five-inch rockets or a bomb load of 2,500 lb (1,100 kg). When fully loaded, the P-47 weighed up to eight tons, making it one of the heaviest fighters of the war. The P-47 was designed around the powerful Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp engine, which was also used by two U.S. Navy/U.S. Marine Corps fighters, the Grumman F6F Hellcat and the Vought F4U Corsair. The Thunderbolt was effective as a short-to medium-range escort fighter in high-altitude air-to-air combat and ground attack in both the European and Pacific theaters.

The P-47 was one of the main United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) fighters of World War II, and also served with other Allied air forces, including those of France, the United Kingdom, and the Soviet Union. Mexican and Brazilian squadrons fighting alongside the USAAF also flew the P-47.

The armored cockpit was relatively roomy and comfortable and the bubble canopy introduced on the P-47D offered good visibility. A present-day U.S. ground-attack aircraft, the Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II, takes its name from the P-47.

Source: Wikipedia

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