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P-47 Thunderbolt Fighters

 A USAF P 47 Thunderbolt Republic.The Republic P-47 Thunderbolt was constructed with an all-metal frame and armour around the pilot, engine and gas tanks, making it one of the most rugged aircraft of the Second World War. There were many reports of the P-47 returning to base filled with a large number of bullet holes or, in one case, with the wing tips sheared off.

The P-47 was powered by a Pratt & Whitney R-2800-59 engine that produced 2,430-horse power. It was first designed to be a lightweight interceptor, but was quickly converted to a heavyweight fighter. Republic P-47 Thunderbolt

The P-47 Thunderbolt could carry six or eight .50 calibre machine guns, in addition to either 1,136 kilograms of bombs or ten rockets.

The plane was used in every theatre of the war, with the Royal Air Force obtaining 830 P-47Ds, which were also known as the "Thunderbolt I." The P-47Ds had a "razorback" design, unlike the later version that had the pilot’s cockpit enclosed in a bubble.

 

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