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P-47G "Thunderbolt"



P-47G-WZ-D in flight

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.

P-47 Thunderbolt Specification
Year of production 1942
Crew 1
Wing span, m 12.43
Length, m 11.01
Height, m 4.31
1 × PE Pratt & Whitney R-2800-21 Double Wasp, hp 2000
on forcing mode 2300
Weight, kg:
Empty weight 4491
Loaded weight 6123
Maximum takeoff weight 6770
Maximum speed, km/h 697
Cruising speed, km/h 568
Service ceiling, m 12802
Service range, km 1030
Service range with external fuel tank cap. 757l, km 2012
8 × 12,7-mm machine guns, one bomb under rear fuselage, kg 227
Photo Description
Drawing F6F 5

Republic P-47G Thunderbolt

Thunderbolt P-47G

Thunderbolt P-47G


  • "Encyclopedia of military engineering" /Aerospace Publising/
  • "American Warplanes of World War II" /under cor. David Donald/