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Republic P-47 Thunderbolt. A photo. Characteristics.
Republic P-47 Thunderbolt. A photo. Characteristics.

Republic P-47 Thunderbolt. A photo. Characteristics.


A type: single-engine fighter

Crew: One pilot

Initially, the plane F-47 «Thunderbolt» (Thunderbolt - lightning strike) was built in response to the US Air Force requirement for a light interceptor, the same size aircraft "Spitfire" and Bf 109. Equipped with in-line engine V-1710-39 1150 liter capacity. with. company "Allison" XP-47A aircraft was equipped with only two machine guns caliber 12,7 mm; without reservations and retreading tanks. Nevertheless, in Europe seep combat reports proving the folly of the idea of ​​a light fighter and the US Air Force changed the requirements, including the installation of eight machine guns, and a strong book-sealing fuel system.

The company "Ripablik" said a completely new design, with a radial engine R-2800 «Double Wasp" turbocharged. Despite the reliability of the problems encountered with the first power plant, "Ripablik" aircraft manufacturing company slowly and steadily progressed. The first P-47V acted in eight US Air Force in Britain at the end of the year 1942, as a fighter escort growing heavy bombers in Britain.

Вyderzhivayuschy a large number of injuries, and is solid as a rock, a platform for the machine guns, the aircraft "Thunderbolt" gained dominance in the German sky. With the advent of the end of the year 1943 modified P-47D aircraft equipped with teardrop cockpit canopy. In reality, about 15 677 aircraft was built. A number of aircraft P-47N served in the Air National Guard, and in small quantities - in the Air Force before the other armies 1950-ies. Today, in a state of airworthiness of the aircraft survived 12 F-47 - 11 in the US and one in the UK.

Basic data

Aircraft performance characteristics:

  • Maximum speed: 690 km / h
  • Range: 1600 km



  • Length: 11,03 m
  • Wingspan: 12,4 m
  • Height: 4,44 m


The weight:

  • BLANK: 4853 kg
  • Maximum take-off: 19 400 kg


Power point: R-2800-59 «Double Wasp" (on the modification D) or R-2800-57 / -77 (on M / N versions) of "Pratt- Whitney"

Power: 2300 l. from. (1715,8 kW) and 2800 l. from. (2088 kW), respectively,

Date of first flight:

  • 6 May 1941 years


The surviving airworthy modifications:

  • P-47D / TP-47D, P-47G / TP 47G, YP-47M and P-47N


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