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Republic P-47D Thunderbolt

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.


Crew One
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
Range 950 miles
Service Ceiling 40,000 ft.
Engine One Pratt & Whitney R2800 Double Wasp eighteen-cylinder radial, producing 2,500 hp
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