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April 1974

  • Whine from the Jug, Part 1 of P-47 Thunderbolt story
  • Aces’ Corner, WWII combat aircraft
  • SAAB Story, Swedish Thunderbolts from the Workshops of Thor
  • Parasols of Santa Monica, Part 2 of Douglas observation birds

May 1974

  • Whine from the Jug, Part 2 of P-47 Thunderbolt story
  • Hunchbacked Hawks, Savoia-Marchetti SM79
  • Aces’ Corner, “Assi” Hahn’s Me-109s
  • Hell Off Okinawa, Kamikazes’ Last Ditch
  • Basketcase Bummer, Curtis Caravan, WWII’s Wooden Fiasco

June 1974

  • Whine from the Jug, Part 3 of P-47 Thunderbolt story
  • B-26 Invader, Triple-threat Attack Bomber
  • Something “Special”, Roscoe Turner and the Thompson Trophy Races

July 1974

  • Whine from the Jug, Part 4 of P-47 Thunderbolt story
  • Fable Of Able Mable, the Skyraider’s Number One Nemesis
  • Pulitzer Prize Pursuits, Classic Racers In Disguise

August 1974

  • Whine from the Jug, Part 5 of P-47 Thunderbolt story
  • Forgotten Fortresses, Building the Prototype B-17
  • Fokker’s Flying Razors, WW I Germany’s Too Late Terror

March 1977

  • Thunder-Stricken, Photographic Proof That The P-47 Was The Toughest Bird
  • Framing & Flying The Constitution, First Of The Non-Jet Jumbos
  • “00” Year Of The Zero, Restoring A Saipan Zero
  • The Song Of Roland, Germany’s Overlooked WW I Fighters

May 1978

  • Fighter Squadron, Making the P-47 “Jug” A Matinee Idol
  • Convair’s Bedeviled Turboprop, Last of the Flying Boats
  • Longshot, Greatest Thompson Trophy Race Upset
  • X-15 Research Rocketplane, Man’s First Step Into Space

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December 1982

  • Sasha And The P-47. Alexander Kartveli
  • Hughes’ Jinxed Giant, Aviation World’s Most Publicized Failure
  • Stormavik, Russia’s Flying Tanks, the Ilyushin 11-2s And 10s

April 1991

  • Fire Fighters, how The P-47 went from starting fires with napalm to putting them out with drop tanks
  • Republic F-105, The Air Force’s All Time Champion Fighter Bomber!

June 1994

  • Republic’s Battle Hymn, The Origins of the P-47 Thunderbolt

March 1995

  • Bolts From The Blue, Making The Republic P-47 Ready For Long-Range Escort!
  • Flights, Camera, Action: High Altitude Recon In The Boeing RB-47!
  • Mystery Messerschmitt, What Did The Me-109H Really Look Like?

April 1996

  • Long·Ranging Rambler, Was The P-47N The Best Long-Range Escort Of WWII?
  • Exploding The Zero Myth, Real Facts About Japan’s Zero Fighter!

Manuals & Photos

  • P-47 Pilot Manual, 1943
  • P-47 Pilot Training Manual, 1945
  • 275 P-47 Thunderbolt Photos

Republic P-47 Thunderbolt

General Characteristics

p47-diagram

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 36 ft 1 in (11.00 m)
  • Wingspan: 40 ft 9 in (12.42 m)
  • Height: 14 ft 8 in (4.47 m)
  • Wing area: 300 ft2 (27.87 m2)
  • Empty weight: 10,000 lb (4,535 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 12,731 lb (5,774.48 kg)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 17,500 lb (7,938 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney R-2800-59B twin-row radial engine, 2,600 hp (1,938 kW)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 443 mph at 29,000 ft (713 km/h at 8,839 m)
  • Range: 800 mi combat, 1,800 mi ferry (1,290 km / 2,900 km)
  • Service ceiling: 43,000 ft (13,100 m)
  • Rate of climb: 3,180 ft/min (16.15 m/s)
  • Wing loading: 42.43 lb/ft2 ()
  • Power/mass: 0.204 hp/lb (335 W/kg)

Armament

  • 8 × .50 in (12.7 mm) M2 Browning machine guns (3400 rounds)
  • Up to 2,500 lb (1,134 kg) of bombs
  • 10 × 5 in (127 mm) unguided rockets
 
Variant Number built Serial number(s) Notes
XP-47 1 40-3051 Prototype; cancelled during construction
XP-47A 1 40-3052 Prototype; cancelled during construction
Total XP-47, XP-47A 2
XP-47B 1 40-3052 (serial number transferred from abortive XP-47A) Prototype; R-2800-21 engine
Total XP-47B 1
P-47B-RE 171 41-5895/6065 R-2800-21 engine; modified metal-covered ailerons; trim tabs; sliding canopy; windshield defroster; 41-5938 converted to XP-47F with larger laminar flow wing; 41-6065 converted to XP-47Ewith pressurized cockpit and hinged canopy
Total P-47B 171
P-47C-RE 58 41-6066/6123 R-2800-21 engine; strengthened tail surfaces
P-47C-1-RE 54 41-6124/6177 R-2800-21 engine; eight-inch extension added to fuselage forward of cockpit
P-47C-2-RE 128 41-6178/6305 R-2800-21 engine; belly shackle provided for bomb or fuel tank
P-47C-5-RE 362 41-6306/6667 R-2800-21 engine; new radio, instruments, and antenna; cockpit heater
Total P-47C 602
P-47D-1-RE 105 42-7853/7957 R-2800-21 engine; nearly identical to P-47C-2-RE; additional cowl flaps and pilot armor
P-47D-1-RA 114 42-22250/22363 R-2800-21 engine; the first variant of the P-47 built at Republic’s new factory in Evansville, Indiana; identical to P-47D-1-RE
P-47D-2-RE 445 42-7958/8402 R-2800-21 engine; turbocharger shroud removed
P-47D-2-RA 200 42-22364/22563 R-2800-21 engine; identical to P-47D-2-RE
P-47D-3-RA 100 42-22564/22663 R-2800-21 engine; minor upgrade to D-2-RA
P-47D-4-RA 200 42-22664/22863 R-2800-21 engine; Evansville-built P-47D-5-RE
P-47D-5-RE 300 42-8403/8702 R-2800-21 engine; used General Electric C-21 supercharger and had provision for water injection; belly shackle for bomb or fuel tank reintroduced and was standard on all P-47s from then on; 42-8702 fitted with bubble canopy and redesigned XP-47K
P-47D-6-RE 350 42-74615/74964 R-2800-21 engine; minor changes to electrical system
P-47D-10-RE 250 42-74965/75214 New R-2800-63 engine and changes to water injection system
P-47D-11-RE 400 42-75215/75614 R-2800-63 engine; contained all features introduced between the D-5 and D-10; water injection linked to throttle lever
P-47D-11-RA 250 42-22864/23113 R-2800-63 engine; identical to P-47D-11-RE
P-47D-15-RE 446 42-75615/75814, 42-76119/76364 R-2800-63 engine; first model of P-47 with underwing pylons; stronger wings
P-47D-15-RA 157 42-23143/23299 R-2800-63 engine; 42-23297 and 42-23298 converted to XP-47Hwith Chrysler IV-2220-11 inverted-vee engines; identical to P-47D-15-RE
P-47D-16-RE 254 42-75865/76118 R-2800-63 engine; minor changes to fuel system
P-47D-16-RA 29 42-23114/23142 R-2800-63 engine; identical to P-47D-16-RE
P-47D-20-RE 299 42-25274/25322, 42-76365/76614 New R-2800-59 engine; modified underwing pylons; 42-76614 fitted with increased fuel capacity and bubble canopy as XP-47L
P-47D-20-RA 187 43-25254/25440 R-2800-59 engine; identical to P-47D-20-RE
P-47D-21-RE 216 42-25323/25538 R-2800-59 engine; changes to water injection system
P-47D-21-RA 224 43-25441/25664 Identical to P-47D-21-RE
P-47D-22-RE 850 42-25539/26388 R-2800-59 engine; Farmingdale factory switched to Hamilton Standard paddle-bladed propeller
P-47D-23-RA 889 42-27389/28188, 43-25665/25753 R-2800-59 engine; Evansville factory switched to Curtiss Electric paddle-bladed propeller
P-47D-25-RE 385 42-26389/26773 R-2800-59 engine; bubble canopy; fuel capacity increased from 305 to 370 gallons
P-47D-26-RA 250 42-28189/28438 R-2800-59 engine; identical to P-47D-25-RE
P-47D-27-RE 615 42-26774/27388 R-2800-59 engine; improved water injection system
P-47D-28-RE 750 44-19558/20307 R-2800-59 engine; Farmingdale factory switched to Curtiss Electric paddle-bladed propeller; radio compass added
P-47D-28-RA 1,028 42-28439/29466 R-2800-59 engine; Identical to P-47D-28-RE
P-47D-30-RE 800 44-20308/21107 R-2800-59 engine; Dive brakes added under wings
P-47D-30-RA 1,800 44-32668/33867, 44-89684/90283 R-2800-59 engine; Identical to P-47D-30-RE
P-47D-40-RA 665 44-90284/90483, 45-49090/49554 R-2800-59 engine; Dorsal fin added to vertical stabilizer
Total P-47D 12,558
P-47G-CU 20 42-24920/24939 P-47Gs were built by Curtiss and used for stateside training; the P-47G-CU was identical to the P-47C-RE
P-47G-1-CU 40 42-24940/24979 Identical to P-47C-1-RE
P-47G-5-CU 60 42-24980/25039 Identical to P-47D-1-RE
P-47G-10-CU 80 42-25040/25119 Identical to P-47D-5-RE
P-47G-15-CU 154 42-25120/25273 Identical to P-47D-10-RE; two converted to TP-47G trainer variant
Total P-47G 354
XP-47J 1 43-46952 Lightweight prototype; newly-built airframe; reduced armament
Total XP-47J 1
P-47M-1-RE 130 44-21108/21237 High-speed variant using R-2800-57 engine designed to combat German jet and rocket-powered aircraft
Total P-47M 130
P-47N-1-RE 550 44-87784/88333 Long-range variant designed for service in the Pacific Theater; R-2800-57 engine; larger wings with squared-off tips; increased fuel capacity; automation of some engine controls
P-47N-5-RE 550 44-88334/88883 R-2800-57 engine; “zero-length” stubs for 5-inch rockets; autopilot
P-47N-15-RE 200 44-88884/89083 R-2800-73 or -77 engine; new bomb rack and gunsight; autopilot not fitted to this model
P-47N-20-RE 200 44-89084/89283 R-2800-73 or -77 engine; backup fuel system added
P-47N-25-RE 167 44-89284/89450 R-2800-73 or -77 engine; strengthened wings and more automation of engine control systems
P-47N-20-RA 149 45-49975/50123 R-2800-73 or -77 engine; the final P-47Ns, and hence the final P-47s, were built by the Evansville factory
Total P-47N 1,816
Total, all types 15,636

Australia

Under restoration
P-47D
  • 42-8066 – Historical Aircraft Restoration Society in Sydney.
  • 42-8310 – Historical Aircraft Restoration Society in Sydney.
  • 42-27608 – Historical Aircraft Restoration Society in Sydney.

Brazil

On display
P-47D
  • 42-19663 – Museu Aeroespacial in Rio de Janeiro. Wartime “A6”. Painted as 42-19662 “D5”.
  • 42-26760 – Museu TAM in Sao Carlos. Wartime “B2”. Painted as 42-29265 “B5”.
  • 45-49151 – Museu Aeroespacial in Rio de Janeiro. Painted as 42-26766 “B4”.
  • 45-49485 – Museu do Expedicionário in Curitiba. Painted as 42-26756 “A4”.

Chile

On display
P-47D
  • 45-49219 – Museo Nacional de Aeronautica Chile in Santiago. Painted as FACH N° 750.

Croatia

On display
P-47D
  • 13109 (ex-Yugoslav AF) – Technical Museum, Zagreb.

France

On display
P-47D
  • 44-20371 – Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace north of Paris.

Germany

On display
P-47D
  • 42-7924 – Motortechnica Museum.

Italy

On display
P-47D
  • 44-89746 – Italian Air Force Museum in Bracciano.

Mexico

On display
P-47D
  • 44-90205 – Museo de la FAM.

Serbia

On display
P-47D
  • 44-90464 (ex-Yugoslav AF 13056) – Museum of Aviation, Belgrade.

Turkey

On display
P-47D
  • 44-33712 – Istanbul Aviation Museum

United Kingdom

On display
P-47D
  • 42-26671 – Imperial War Museum Duxford.
  • 45-49295 – Royal Air Force Museum London.

United States

Airworthy
P-47D
  • 44-32817 Balls Out – Lewis Air Legends in San Antonio, Texas.
  • 44-90368 Tarheel Hal – Lone Star Flight Museum in Galveston, Texas.
  • 44-90438 Wicked Wabbit – Aviation Management Resources Inc. in Wilmington, Delaware.
  • 44-90447 Jackys Revenge – American Airpower Museum in Farmingdale, New York.
  • 44-90460 Hun Hunter XVI – Tennessee Museum of Aviation in Sevierville, Tennessee.
  • 44-90471 (unnamed) – Erickson Aircraft Collection in Madras, Oregon.
  • 45-49192 No Guts No Glory – Claire Aviation Inc in Wilmington, Delaware.
  • 45-49205 Squirt VIII – Palm Springs Air Museum in Palm Springs, California.
  • 45-49346 (unnamed) – Yanks Air Museum in Chino, California.
  • 45-49385 (unnamed) – Westpac Restorations in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
  • 45-49406 Tallahassee Lassie – Flying Heritage Collection in Everett, Washington.
P-47G
  • 42-25068 Snafu – Comanche Warbirds Inc. in Houston, Texas.
  • 42-25254 Spirit Of Atlantic City, NJ – Planes of Fame in Chino, California.
YP-47M
  • 42-27385 (unnamed) – Yanks Air Museum in Chino, California.
P-47N
  • 44-89136 Lil Meatie’s Meat Chopper – Commemorative Air Force in Midland, Texas. It is based at the Cavanaugh Flight Museum in Addison, Texas.
On display
P-47D
  • 42-8205 Big Stud/88 – Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington.
  • 42-23278 Fiery Ginger IV – National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio.
  • 42-26470 – Pylon-mounted in front of Headquarters, USAFCENT/ 9th Air Force, Shaw AFB, South Carolina.
  • 44-32691 (unnamed) – Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center of the National Air and Space Museum in Chantilly, Virginia.
  • 44-32798 (unnamed) – Hill Aerospace Museum at Hill AFB in Utah.
  • 45-49167 Five by Five – National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio.
  • 45-49181 (unnamed) – Air Zoo in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
  • 45-49458 Norma – New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, Connecticut. It is on loan from the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio.
P-47N
  • 44-89320 Expected Goose – Air Force Armament Museum at Eglin AFB, Florida.
  • 44-89348 (unnamed) – Lackland AFB, Texas.
  • 44-89425 Wild Hair – Peterson Air and Space Museum at Peterson AFB, Colorado.
  • 44-89444 Cheek Baby – Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, New York. It is on loan from the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio.
Under restoration or in storage
P-47D
  • 42-08130 (unnamed) – for static display at the Pima Air and Space Museum adjacent to Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson, Arizona.
  • 42-29150 Dottie Mae – to airworthiness by Allied Fighters in Sun Valley, Idaho.
  • 44-32814 (unnamed) – in storage at Fantasy of Flight in Polk City, Florida.
  • 45-49130 (unnamed) – in storage at the Tennessee Museum of Aviation in Sevierville, Tennessee.

Venezuela

On display
P-47D
  • 44-32809 – Aeronautics Museum of Maracay.