1 х 250 kg FAB-250M43 bombSetup 3
|This page is about the premium Russian fighter ▂P-47D-27 Thunderbolt. For other uses, see P-47 (Family).|
The ▂P-47D-27 Thunderbolt is a rank III premium Russian fighter with a battle rating of 3.3 (AB), 4.3 (RB), and 3.7 (SB). This aircraft was introduced in Update 1.43.
The ▂P-47D-27 Thunderbolt is a Soviet lend-lease version of the iconic American P-47D-25, with only minor differences including a camouflage colour scheme and Russian forged and welded FAB bombs weighed kilograms instead of the American bombs AN-M series bombs weighed in pounds.
The fighter does, however, retain the eight deadly 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine guns which this fighter is renowned for, easily ripping off wings and also setting fuel tanks ablaze. The fighter's overall good energy retention makes this an excellent Boom & Zoom fighter but is restricted by its slow initial climbing ability. To counter the slow climb, side climbing at the start is recommended if looking for an altitude advantage to make the most use out of Boom & Zoom. This fighter also doubles as a great ground attacker, mounting an impressive payload (1,250 kg total!), unfortunately, the US did not include HVAR rockets with the lend-lease package, thus they are not available for the Soviet version.
Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.
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Survivability and armour
Examine the survivability of the aircraft. Note how vulnerable the structure is and how secure the pilot is, whether the fuel tanks are armoured, etc. Describe the armour, if there is any, and also mention the vulnerability of other critical aircraft systems.
The ▂P-47D-27 Thunderbolt is armed with:
- 8 x 12.7 mm Browning M2 machine guns, wing-mounted (425 rpg = 3400 total)
The ▂P-47D-27 Thunderbolt can be outfitted with the following ordinance:
- 1 x 250 kg FAB-250M43 bomb (250 kg total)
- 2 x 500 kg FAB-500 bombs (1,000 kg total)
- 2 x 500 kg FAB-500 bombs + 1 x 250kg FAB-250M43 bombs (1,250 kg total)
Usage in battles
As with the normal P-47D-25, the D-27 can be used one of two modes, first as an excellent Boom & Zoom fighter, using its great energy retention and amazing armament against high flying bombers and fighters. Another option is as a fighter bomber, utilising the impressive payload and adequate diving characteristics of the P-47 (be aware dropping order of the bombs, the 500 kg bombs drop first and secondly the 250 kg under the fuselage is dropped). The 500 kg bombs are able to make short work of any tank whether light or heavy in its tier, but the 250kg bomb can only provide enough explosive power to destroy soft targets, like armoured cars/SPAA of the sort. The way both 500 kg bombs drop should either be used against a group of tanks (combined battles) or against large pillboxes. Other than that, the P-47 can be used in multiple roles, unfortunately, using bombs restricts flight to only staying at a low level where the P-47's engine is less effective.
If you are using it as a high altitude fighter initially side climbing is recommended, as you gain a vast advantage over other enemies. The hit and run tactics work best for the P-47, singling out a lone fighter below you, diving towards them and a 2-second burst from the M2 Brownings will most likely destroy them. Always try to avoid a head-on engagement, as your engine is exposed from the front and most likely break down if something manages to hit it. If you are willing to engage a heavy bomber main targets should be the wings and elevators, as they are easy targets for the P-47.
Manual Engine Control
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Pros and cons
- Excellent multi-role fighter in the Soviet tree
- Outstanding payload (1,250 kg total!)
- 4 x Browning M2's on each wing will make short work of any fighter/attacker
- Plenty of ammo provides 33 seconds of sustained fire
- Bubble canopy provides excellent view (SB)
- Amazing energy retention makes it an excellent diver
- Heavy fighter, sluggish and difficult to manoeuvre at slow speeds
- Bad turning ability
- Engine performance is worse in low altitudes
- Worse performance when mounting bombs
- Slow climbing
- Larger than the average fighter
- Bomb drop order makes it less viable for prolonged ground attacking
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