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P-47N-15 Thunderbolt
General characteristics
1 personCrew
5.8 tEmpty weight
9.4 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
13 500 mCeiling
sec26.8/26.8/24.0Turn Time
114 km/hStalling speed
Pratt & Whitney R-2800-57CEngine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
950 km/hStructural
450 km/hGear
Offensive armament
8 х 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gunWeapon 1
4 000 roundsAmmunition
768 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
1 х 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombSetup 1
2 х 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bombSetup 2
2 х 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bomb
1 х 500 lb AN-M64A1 bomb
Setup 3
10 х HVAR rocketsSetup 4
1 х 500 lb AN-M64A1 bomb
10 х HVAR rockets
Setup 5
2 х 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bomb
10 х HVAR rockets
Setup 6
2 х 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bomb
1 х 500 lb AN-M64A1 bomb
10 х HVAR rockets
Setup 7
46 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
150 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png5 790 / 7 625/5 140 / 6 769/1 930 / 2 541Repair
43 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
150 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
820 Ge icon.pngAces
x 1.60 Rp icon.pngReward for battle
Msg-info.png This page is about the aircraft P-47N-15. For other uses, see P-47 (Disambiguation)


GarageImage P-47N-15.jpg

The P-47N-15 Thunderbolt is a Rank IV American strike fighter with a battle rating of 5.0 (AB/RB) and 4.7 (SB). It was introduced in Update 1.61 "Road to Glory".

The P-47N-15 can in many ways be considered an more specialized fighter version of the P-47D series of fighters, being built solely for a boom and zoom strategy. The key difference separating the P-47N from both the D-series and other planes in general at the battle rating is it's top speed and maneuverability. bordering on just below 800 km/h, and with an airframe that can support it. This, coupled with its 8 devastating M2 .50 Brownings make it an extremely deadly and dangerous opponent.

The P-47N also has clipped wing tips, allowing it higher level flight speed and giving it a much more controllable and faster roll rate. However, these wings widened the landing gear base and added room for more fuel tanks to be added to increase its range. This however added quite a lot of weight reducing its climb rate. But Despite its clipped wings, the P-47N actually gained wing area over the other models of P-47. overall Improving its pitch tremendously.

General info

Flight Performance

Max Speed
(km/h at 9,144 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
711 697 13,500 31.6 32.2 9.7 4.0 700
Max Speed
(km/h at 9,144 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
Take-off run (meters)
795 750 13,500 28.2 30.0 18.2 8.4 700


Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flap
Max Static G
+ -
855 450 520 ~14 ~6
Optimal velocities
< 380 < 420 < 450 > 250
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
7,350 m 2,000 hp 2,300 hp

Survivability and armour

  • 9.5 mm Steel - Fore cockpit plate
  • 9.5 mm Steel - Armor plate behind Pilot's seat
  • 38 mm Bulletproof glass - Windshield


Offensive armament

Main article: Browning M2 (12.7 mm)

The P-47N-15 is armed with:

  • 8 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine guns, wing-mounted (500 rpg = 4,000 total)

Suspended armament

Main article: Suspended armaments

The P-47N-15 can be outfitted with the following ordinance:

  • Without load
  • 1 x 500 lb bomb (500 lb total)
  • 2 x 1000 lb bombs (2,000 lb total)
  • 2 x 1000 lb bombs + 1 x 500 lb bomb (2,500 lb total)
  • 10 x 127 mm rockets
  • 10 x 127 mm rockets + 1 x 500 lb bomb (500 lb total)
  • 10 x 127 mm rockets + 2 x 1000 lb bombs (2,000 lb total)
  • 10 x 127 mm rockets + 2 x 1000 lb bombs + 1 x 500 lb bomb (2,500 lb total)

Usage in the battles

How to offensively Engage an enemy aircraft: From the start of the match you want to start by gaining altitude. Side climbing is heavily recommended, as many planes at the P-47's BR climb much faster vertically. Once at a high enough altitude, the P-47's greatest strength is its speed. It has great acceleration and great speed from most altitudes. From there your main operation of attack will be the simple boom and zoom tactic, or Boom & Zoom. Making good use of its amazing energy retention. However it isn't strictly limited to this role. the P-47N has very strong elevator and rudder authority. While it is not the most recommended tactic, if you are at a higher speed you can dog fight most planes for short periods of time. So long as you make use of vertical space as well as horizontal while you do it and watch your speed.

How to perform defensive fighting: The P-47N's primary defensive strength is it's powerful engine and good energy retention. As well, its maneuverability is not too bad as either. With its decent roll rate you are able to do repeated rolling maneuvers to keep out of an enemies gun sights. As a last resort if you need to. You can confidently put it in a full 90 degree dive until they pull off. It is very difficult to rip the wings of the P-47N- a great deal of speed is required.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Not controllable Not controllable Not controllable Separate Not ontrollable Not controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage Repair Radiator Offensive 12 mm
II Compressor Airframe FMBC mk.1
III Wings Repair Engine New 12 mm MGs FRC mk.2
IV G-Suit Engine Injection Cover FLBC mk.1
  • First and foremost the Offensive 12 mm should be researched. The next step should be to rush Compressor, Engine, and Engine Injection. The proceeding choice should be between the new machine guns or the G-Suit (if you have weaker pilots, choose the G-Suit first over machine guns). The remaining modules can then be unlocked in any order desired.

Pros and cons


  • Tracer belts consists entirely of M20 API-T ammo, which shred and burn through all planes
  • One of the Fastest propeller driven aircraft currently available
  • 8 x 12.7 mm machine guns provide a very respectable damage output and a lot of projectiles, Capable of even taking out bombers reliably
  • Excellent high altitude performance
  • Excellent energy retention
  • Strong wings, can withstand a high speed dive much better than any other aircraft.
  • Durable engine and airframe that can take a beating.
  • Very responsive rudder and elevator controls
  • While at high speed can turn better than many planes it faces for a very brief duration (not necessarily recommended)


  • Lousy maneuverability at low speeds
  • Lower than average climb rate, slightly slower in comparison to a P-51D-30 (mostly offset by its interceptor spawn)
  • At its weakest at low altitude (yet still decently strong overall)
  • Extremely slow and sluggish if taken out with a full fuel load. (not recommended to use its full fuel load for any game mode in game)
  • Machine guns are mounted very far apart


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