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P-47 "Thunderbolt" in Soviet Union

Fighter-Bomber

Republic

P-47D-27-RE. 255-th IAP, Northern Fleet © Rusinov A.S.

P-47D-27-RE. 255-th IAP, Northern Fleet

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.

In Soviet Union during WW2 were supplied in accordance to Lend-Lease terms 195 fighters Republic P-47 Thunderbolt.

Specification
Year of production 1942
Crew 1
Dimensions
Wing span, m 12.43
Length, m 11.01
Height, m 4.31
Powerplant
1 PE Pratt&Whitney R-2800-21 Double Wasp, hp 2,000
On forcing mode 2,300
Weight, kg:
Empty weight 4,491
Loaded weight 6,123
Maximum takeoff weight 6,770
Performance
Maximum speed, km/h 697
Cruising speed, km/h 568
Service ceiling, m 12,802
Service range, km 1,030
Service range with external fuel tank capacity 7571, km 2,012
Armament
8 X 12.7-mm machine guns, one bomb under rear fuselage, kg 227

References

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

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