Republic P-47 Thunderbolt


P-47D (Flying Legends airshow, Toulouse, May 1997)
The Thunderbolt was nicknamed "Jug", for juggernaut. This heavy fighter was produced in huge numbers at the end of the war; more than 12,600 P-47D were produced, the biggest number for a single fighter version.
It was both an efficient fighter and an impressive ground-attack plane with its heavy ordnance capacity and numerous guns.

Development

Republic P-47C Thunderbolt Republic P-47C Thunderbolt
Engine Pratt & Whitney R-2800-21 18 cylinder radial 2,000 hp (WEP: 2,300 hp)
Weight empty: 4,490 kg (9,900 lb) - maximum: 6,770 kg (14,925 lb)
Armament Eight 12.7mm (.50 cal) wing-mounted machine guns
Performance Max speed: 697 km/h (433 mph) Ceiling: 12,800 m (42,000 ft)
Republic P-47D-30 Thunderbolt Republic P-47D-30 Thunderbolt
Engine Pratt & Whitney R-2800 18 cylinder radial 2,000 hp (WEP: 2,500 hp)
Weight empty: 4,853 kg (10,700 lb) - maximum: 7,938 kg (17,500 lb)
Armament Eight 12.7mm (.50 cal) wing-mounted machine guns
Performance Max speed: 690 km/h (429 mph) Ceiling: 12,190 m (40,000 ft)

Stof's notes about this plane in iMOL's WarBirds

The opinions expressed below are only my own, and nothing more...
This plane is very heavy, and feels that way... Maybe a bit too much ?
I feel this plane would not have been used so efficienctly as a fighter in WW2 with such unresponsive controls.
Anyway, as it is, the P-47D is the best single-engined ground attack plane.

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(Plane picture by Stof, "Flying Legends" airshow in Toulouse, May 1997)