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United States' Republic P-47M Thunderbolt fighter

Design

To combat the German V-1 rockets that were being fired at Britain, three P-47Ds were converted to have a Pratt & Whitney R-2800-57C Double Wasp engine.1 These were designated the YP-47M.1 The engines were water injected and had a bigger super charger.2

Usage

The P-47M was used by the United States.1

Originally intended to intercept V-1s, the P-47Ms were produced too late.1 These were later based in Europe and had some success against the Me 262 and Ar 234 jet aircraft.1

Specifications

  Republic P-47M Thunderbolt1
Type Fighter1
Crew 11
Engine (Type) Pratt & Whitney R-2800-57C Double Wasp1,2
OR Pratt & Whitney R-2800-77 Double Wasp1
Cylinders Radial 181
Cooling  
HP 57C: 2,8001,2
77: 2,8001
Propeller blades 41
Dimensions  
Span  
Length  
Height  
Wing area  
Weight  
Empty  
Loaded  
Performance  
Speed @ 32,000' 470 mph2
Climb  
Service ceiling  
Range  
Armament  
Wings 8: 0.5" MG1
Bombs 2: 1,000 lb1
2: 454 kg1
OR 3: 500 lb1
3: 227 kg1
OR  
Rockets 10: 5"1
10: 12.7 cm1

Sources:

  1. Aircraft of WWII, Stewart Wilson, 1998
  2. American Attack Aircraft Since 1926, E. R. Johnson, 2012
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site