Specifications for the
Republic P-47 Thunderbolt
Fighter / Fighter-Bomber
Focus Model: Republic P-47D Thunderbolt
Country of Origin: United States
Manufacturer: Republic Aviation - USA
Initial Year of Service: 1942
Length: 36.15 ft (11.02 m)
Width: 40.68 ft (12.40 m)
Height: 14.67ft (4.47 m)
Weight (Empty): 9,949 lb (4,513 kg)
Weight (MTOW): 17,500 lb (7,938 kg)
Powerplant: 1 x Pratt & Whitney R-2800-59 "Double-Wasp" 18-cylinder radial piston engine developing 2,535 horsepower.
Maximum Speed: 433 mph (697 kmh; 376 kts)
Maximum Range: 449 miles (722 km)
Service Ceiling: 40,994 ft (12,495 m; 7.8 miles)
Rate-of-Climb: 3,200 feet-per-minute (975 m/min)
8 x .50 caliber (12.7mm) Browning M2 air-cooled heavy machine guns (four to a wing); ammunition counts vary depending on combat load and model focus.
10 x 5-inch (127mm) Air-to-Surface HVARRockets
2 x 1,000lb bombs underwing
3 x drop tanks underwing (x2) and fuselage centerline.
Provision for bomb load or drop tanks to a maximum of 2,500lbs (1,134kg).
XP-47 - Fully Combat Furnished Prototype Interceptor with little in common with the final Thunderbolt prototype.
XP-47A - Experimental Prototype sans armament and radio; based on the XP-47; little in common with final Thunderbolt prototype.
XP-47B - Official Thunderbolt Prototype featuring XR-2800 radial generating 1,850hp.
P-47B - Initial Limited Production Model based on XP-47B prototype; R-2800-21 radial engine of 2,000 horsepower; 171 examples produced.
RP-47B - Single "One-Off" Dedicated Reconnaissance Development based on the P-47B.
P-47C - Improved B-model with lengthened fuselage; provision for droppable belly fuel tank or bomb; 30-gallon tank fitted for water injection boost (R-2800-59-engined models); first 112 fitted with R-2800-21 engines of 2,000 horsepower, later with R-2800-59 of 2,300 horsepower with WEP; 602 examples produced in all.
P-47D - R-2800-21W (2,300hp) or R-2800-59W (2,535hp) water-injected radial powerplants; multi-ply tires; provision for 1,000lbs underwings OR 10 x 5-inch HVAR rockets (5 to a wing); increased MTOW capacity; later production models fitted with "bubble" canopy on a lowered fuselage spine to improve rearward vision; 12,602 examples produced.
P-47D-RE - Razorback P-47D; produced in Blocks 1-22; 3,963 examples produced.
P-47D-RE - Bubby Canopy P-47D; produced in Blocks 25-30; 2,546 examples produced.
P-47D-RA - P-47D models produced at Evansville, Indiana plant; Blocks 2-23; 2,350 examples produced.
P-47D-RA - P-47D with bubble canopy produced at Evansville, Indiana plant; Blocks 26-40; 3,743 examples produced.
XP-47E - A single P-47B (171st product) fitted with a hinged canopy, Hamilton Standard propeller and pressurized cockpit; used in trialing the R-2800-59 radial engine.
XP-47F - One-Off P-47B model used in laminar air flow tests; fitted with new wings for process; lost to accident on October 14th, 1943.
P-47G-CU - Curtiss Wright-produced P-47D models at Buffalo, New York; 354 examples.
XP-47H - Fitting the Allison XI-2220-1 16-cylinder, inverted-vee, liquid-cooled engine of 2,300/2,500 horsepower; 2 examples converted from P-47D-15s sans armament.
XP-47J - Initially devised for fitting an R-2800-61 engine with contra-rotating propeller; eventually fitting R-2800-57 of 2,800 horsepower; 6 x .50 caliber machine guns in wings.
XP-47K - P-47D fitted with Hawker Typhoon bubble canopy and cut-down rear fuselage; increase fuel capacity and range; wing testbed for systems eventually fitted to the P-47N.
P-47L - A one-off conversion of a P-47D-20.
YP-47M - Modified P-47D model with dive brakes.
P-47M - Speedster Variant; based on the P-47D-30 model; fitting the R-2800-57(C) engine of 2,800 horsepower; used in V-1 interception missions; 130 examples produced; implementation of dive brakes.
XP-47N - Improved D-model with new wings; single example.
P-47N-RE - Definitive Thunderbolt; long-range capability; fitting R-2800-57(C) of 2,800 horsepower as well as -73 and -77 engine model series; underwing hardpoints for 10 x 5-inch HVAR rockets; wings lengthened out by 18 more inches; clipped wing tips to improve roll; increased MTOW (20,700lbs loaded); limited to Pacific Theater; 1,816 examples produced.
P-47N-RA - 149 examples produced; a further 5,934 orders cancelled after VJ-Day.
F-47 - USAF Redesignation of P-47 systems beginning in 1948.
Thunderbolt Mk I - British designation for P-47B model.
Thunderbolt Mk II - British designation for P-47D model.
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