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Republic P-47D Thunderbolt
Did You Know?
- Affectionately nicknamed the "Jug," the P-47 was one of the most famous Army Air Force fighter planes of World War II.
- Although originally conceived as a lightweight interceptor, the P-47 developed as a heavyweight fighter and made its first flight on May 6, 1941. It was the heaviest fighter built during the war.
- The first production model was delivered to the Army Air Force in March 1942, and in April 1943 the Thunderbolt flew its first combat mission-a sweep over Western Europe.
- Used as both a high-altitude escort fighter and a low-level fighter-bomber, the P-47 quickly gained a reputation for ruggedness. Its sturdy construction and air-cooled radial engine enabled the Thunderbolt to absorb severe battle damage and keep flying.
- Suring World War II, the P-47 served in almost every active war theater and in the forces of several Allied nations. By the end of the war, more than 15,600 Thunderbolts had been built.
|Wingspan||40 ft. 9 in.|
|Length||36 ft. 1 in.|
|Height||14 ft. 7 in.|
|Weight||10,700 lbs. (empty); 13,500 lbs. (loaded)|
|Maximum Speed||433 mph|
|Armament||Eight .50-cal. machine guns and 10 5-inch rockets, or 1,500 lbs. of bombs|
|Service Ceiling||40,000 ft.|
|Engine||One Pratt & Whitney R2800 Double Wasp eighteen-cylinder radial, producing 2,500 hp|