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P-47 Thunderbolt Specifications

 
The Republic P-47 Thunderbolt was the largest single-seat piston fighter built during World War II, and was produced in greater number than any other American fighter. The P-47 flew over 546,000 combat missions and shot down 3,752 enemy fighters, producing many aces. The P-47 pictured was stationed at Bassingbourn, England, home of the 91st Bomb Group.
p-47 on the flightline.
(Photo courtesy of Jack Gaffney)
 
  • P-47 - Single seat long-range fighter
  • First flight - May 6, 1941 (XP-47B)
  • Total production - 15,660
  • Powerplant - Single 2,000-horsepower
    Pratt & Whitney R-2800
    18-cylinder radial air-cooled engine
  • Climb rate - 3,200 feet per minute
  • Armament - eight .50-caliber machine guns
    plus bombs and rockets
  • Wingspan - 40 ft., 9 in. (12.4 m)
  • Length - 36 ft., 1 in. (11 m)
  • Height - 14 ft., 8 in. (4.47 m)
  • Wing area - 300 sq. ft. (27.87 m2)
  • Weight - 9,950 lb. empty
  • Maximum takeoff weight – 17,500 lb.
  • Maximum speed - 433 mph at 30,000 ft.
  • Ceiling - 41,000 ft.
  • Range - 550 miles, 1,900 with drop tanks
 
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