14 - P-47 Thunderbolt

Republic P-47 Thunderbolt

by Bjørn Jacobsen

 

Specifications

P-47D Thunderbolt

 

Crew: 1

 

Dimensions:

Length: 36 ft 1 in (11.00 m)

Wingspan: 40 ft 9 in (12.42 m)

Height: 14 ft 8 in (4.47 m)

Empty weight:10,000 lb (4,535 kg)

Loaded: 13,300 lb (6,032 kg)

Max. takeoff weight: 17,500 lb (7,938 kg)

 

Powerplant:

One Pratt & Whitney R-2800-59 twin-row radial engine, 2,535 hp (1,890 kW)

 

Performance

Maximum speed: 433 mph at 30,000 ft (697 km/h at 9,145 m)

Range: 800 mi combat, 1,800 mi ferry (1,290 km / 2,900 km)

Service ceiling: 43,000 ft (13,100 m)

 

Armament

8 × .50 in (12.7 mm) M2 Browning machine guns

Up to 2,500 lb (1,134 kg) of bombs

10 × 5 in (127 mm) unguided rockets

 

Republic P-47 Thunderbolt was the largest single-engine fighter in WWII, built around a huge P & W 2000HK radial engine.

It appeared in Europe in early 1942 and was used as an escort for B-17 and B-24 that desperately needed help against the German fighters.

The P47 however, was initially not designed as long-distance escort and struggled a lot to begin with, mainly because of its short range, but also for meeting German fighter pilots with long experience of fighting a war in the air.

It was only when the Mustang arrived in late in 1943 that the American bombers got an effective escort all the way to the targets deep inside Germany. The “Jug” could however take a lot of beating and became after some time equal with both the Bf109G and the Fw190A in aerial combat.

 

It was also widely used in support of ground forces.

 

The models are P-47D "Razorback" (1942) and "Bubbletop" (1944)

Both models are equipped with drop tanks.

 

A Republic P47D-6-RE "Razorback" s/n 42-74753. Pilot, 1st Lt. Quince Brown, 78th Fighter Group,

84th Fighter Squadron, 8th Air Force. Stationed at Duxford, England.

The plane has a 108gal Drop tank. Model from Revell (1:48)

 

A Republic P-47D-28-RE "Bubbletop" s/n 44-20268 "Rough and Ready"

Pilot Capt William Garry. 395th FS/368 FG. The plane had 8 kills

The plane is carrying a 150gal drop tank. Model fromTamiya (1:48)

2011