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      Yesterday, 07:25 AM   #2575
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The ultimate Republic Thunderbolts of World War II:

The North American P-51 Mustang seemed to get all the glory and with some reason, as the P-51's range was greater than that of the P-47. The vast majority of Thunderbolts in World War II were the P-47D model but there were a series of late P-47s -- both prototypes and production models -- that were the fastest single-engine prop-driven fighters of the war.

The single test XP-47J was given the lightweight treatment and had a turbosupercharged R-2800 engine of 2,800 hp. It first flew in late 1943 and in August of 1944 attained 504 mph in level flight.

The same 2,800 hp engine was fitted to just 130 P-47Ms, which were then sent to Europe for the final push against Germany. The P-47M was the aircraft of choice to down V-1 "buzz bomb" cruise missiles or German jet aircraft.

A similar R-2800 was fitted to the P-47N, which was the heavyweight of the P-47 Thunderbolts. The P-47N had a revised wing with squared-off tips, larger ailerons and fuel in the wing. The N model would take off at about 20,000 lbs gross weight with plenty of gas to make it to Japan and back in the final months of the war.

The ultimate Thunderbolt derivative, though, was the XP-72: a extensively revised variant with a much more powerful R-4360 engine of 3,500 hp. Like many such airplanes, though, it was too late and the jet fighter was coming, outperforming even such a powerful prop fighter.

I have wondered why the F-47N, as it was then designated after the founding of the U.S. Air Force, was not the USAF close air support aircraft of choice in the Korean War. The WWII P-47 had proven that it could take incredible punishment in combat and return to base, whereas the P-51 would be forced down if the coolant tank or lines were hit.
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