The most known airplane of company Republic P-47 Thunderbolt designed by Alexander Kartveli, has played the important role in the World War 2 and was continuation of family of machines which began from Alexander Severskiy's airplane R-35.
In the project he started with use of a reciprocating engine with turbocompressor Pratt and Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp and has received the order for prototype ХР-47В on the basis of this project.
The new airplane represented a all-metal low-wing monoplane with a fabric covering of control surfaces.
Till March, 1944 firm Curtiss has made 354 P-47G Thunderbolt (series from G-1-CU up to G-15-CU), completely identical P-47С and P-47D manufactures Republic.
Airplanes of manufacture Curtiss and Republic differed from each other only the production numbers.
Introduction of improvements at a plant in Buffalo (Curtiss) strongly lagged behind rates of development Thunderbolt at plant Republic.
Thereof majority Thunderbolt of manufacturing Curtiss were used for the educational purposes in the USA and only the few have been directed abroad.
|Year of production
|Wing span, m
|1 PE Pratt&Whitney R-2800-21 Double Wasp, hp
|on forcing mode
|Maximum takeoff weight
|Maximum speed, km/h
|Cruising speed, km/h
|Service ceiling, m
|Service range, km
|Service range with external fuel tank cap. 757l, km
|8 X 12,7-mm machine guns, one bomb under rear fuselage, kg
- "Encyclopedia of military engineering" /Aerospace Publising/
- "American Warplanes of World War II" /under cor. David Donald/