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Republic P-47 Thunderbolt

  • Role: Fighter-bomber
  • Manufacturer: Republic Aviation
  • Designer: Alexander Kartveli
  • First flight: 6 May 1941
  • Introduced: 1942
  • Status: Retired 1966, Peruvian Air Force
  • Primary users: United States Army Air Force, Soviet Air Force, Royal Air Force
  • Produced: 1940-May 1944
  • Number built: 15,678
  • Unit cost: US$85,000 in 1945 ($1.1 million in today's dollars)
  • Variants: Republic XP-72

The Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, also known as the 'Jug,' was the biggest, heaviest, and most expensive fighter aircraft in history to be powered by a single piston engine. It was one of the main United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) fighters of World War II, and also served with other Allied air forces. The P-47 was effective in air combat but proved especially adept at ground attack. It had eight .50-caliber machine guns, four per wing. When fully loaded the P-47 could weigh up to eight tons. A modern-day counterpart in that role, the A-10 Thunderbolt II, takes its name from the P-47.


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