YouTube – P-47 Thunderbolt
36 ft. 2 in.
40 ft. 9 in.
8- .50 cal.
The P-47 Thunderbolt, from Republic, was the largest, heaviest, and most powerful single piston engine fighter of WW II. To date no larger single piston engine fighter has ever been produced. It was responsible for the destruction of over 11,870 enemy aircraft, more than any other World War II fighter. P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft downed over 3,750 aircraft in air-to-air combat and logged nearly two million flight hours during some 546,000 missions.
Alexander Kartveli is credited with designing the airplane. It is said that he built the aircraft around its engine, the P&W R-2800. He did this by laying out the engine, turbocharger and all its plumbing first, and then modeling an airframe around them.
When originally designed, no provisions were made for the use of drop tanks. At the time, the Army Air Corps considered them as too dangerous. It later became obvious that drop tanks would have to be fitted in order to escort bombers deep in to Germany. Some of the plumbing to accommodate the tanks, and the design of the tanks themselves, were done under battlefield conditions. This accounts for the variety of drop tanks seen on various models.
The P-47 Thunderbolt had extended landing gear in order to provide clearance for its 12 foot diameter propeller. It had an air conditioned cockpit and heating in the gun bay to insure that the machine guns would not jam due to freezing. Later aircraft were equipped with engine water injection for use during “emergency war power” maneuvers.
The P-47 Thunderbolt model D was able to carry 1,000 lb. bombs under each wing along with a center drop tank. From January to June of 1945, P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft dropped an average of 541 tons of bombs each day.
The P-47 Thunderbolt model M, made to fight Luftwaffe jets and V-1 rockets had a top level flight speed of 504 mph at 34,000 feet. While at it top speeds it burned some 330 gallons of fuel per hour.
The first P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft models produced were called “razorback”. When the aircraft got its bubble canopy, all around pilot visibility improved significantly. However, with the removal of the razor back, a small dorsal fin had to be added in front of the vertical stabilizer to restore some stability to the aircraft.
A total of 15,686 P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft of all models were built. No other U.S. fighter aircraft was ever built in such numbers.
RC P-47 Thunderbolt
The RC P-47 Thunderbolt from CARF Models is an ARF with a wingspan of 110 in. and a length of 90 in. It features flaps and retractable landing gear. Recommended power is a Moki 250 Radial engine turning a four bladed propeller. Weight should be around 50 lbs.
The Top Flite RC P-47 Thunderbolt ARF is of all wood construction. It has retracts and flaps. Wingspan is 85 in. and length is 75 in. Engines can be from 50 to 61 cc and motors can be from 80 – 85 160 kV. Weight is about 20 lbs.
E-flite has the RC P-47 Thunderbolt as BNF with a 47 in. wingspan and 42 in. length. It has flaps, retracts, plus a centerline fuel tank, bombs and rockets. Included is a 15 – 880 kv brushless motor. All up weight is about 3 1/2 lbs.