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United States' Republic P-47N Thunderbolt fighter

Design

The Republic P-47N was to be a long range fighter to be used in the expanses of the Pacific.1,2

It was similar to the P-47M but it had strong squared off wings and undercarriage.1,2 Wings were made wider (11"2) to carry more fuel (93 gallons2).1 A dorsal fin extension was also added.1

Usage

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

The P-47N was only used in the Pacific against the Japanese.1 They attacked targets in China, Korea, and Japan.1 P-47Ns also escorted B-29 Superfortresses from Saipan over Japan.1,2

20th Air Force

In the Spring of 1945 the 20th Air Force used three groups of P-47Ns.2

Specifications

  Republic P-47N Thunderbolt1
Type Fighter bomber1
Crew 11
Engine (Type)  
Cylinders  
Cooling  
HP  
Propeller blades  
Dimensions  
Span 42' 7"1
12.98 m1
Length 36' 1"1
11 m1
Height 14' 8"1
4.47 m1
Wing area  
Weight  
Empty 11,170 lb1
5,067 kg1
Loaded 20,700 lb1
9,390 kg1
Performance  
Speed @ 10,000' /
3,048 m
397 mph1
639 kph1
Speed @ 32,500' /
9,960 m
467 mph1
751 kph1
Climb 2,770'/minute1
844 m/minute1
Climb to 25,000' /
7,630 m
14.2 minutes1
Service ceiling 43,000'1
13,106 m1
Range 800 miles1
1,287 km1
Range - with drop tanks 2,350 miles1
3,782 km1
Armament  

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