1 х 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombSetup 3
10 х HVAR rocketsSetup 5
10 х HVAR rocketsSetup 6
1 х 500 lb AN-M64A1 bomb
10 х HVAR rocketsSetup 7
|This page is about the American strike fighter P-47D-25. For other uses, see P-47 (Family).|
The P-47D-25 Thunderbolt is a rank III American strike fighter with a battle rating of 3.3 (AB), 4.3 (RB), and 3.7 (SB). It was in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.27.
Like the P-51D Mustang, the P-47D-25 is one of the iconic fighters of the USAAF and thus one of the most powerful. The wing of the British Spitfire melded with the iconic Pratt and Whitney R-2800 and bulky body, the P-47 is truly a force to be reckoned with, possessing very good performance, weaponry, and loadout. The `Jug´ is thus one of the best fighters in the USAF line; possessing the hallmarks of a great fighter and the capability of a fast attacker.
In Arcade battles, the P-47 can be pushed to its limits. Climb rate, turn rate, and responsiveness are all dramatically increased. Still, tactics used in RB also apply very well in Arcade- this fighter is great for practising Boom & Zoom in Arcade due to the impressive climb rate in this mode. However, the skill will not be built nearly as well in this mode, as rolling scissors and "skidding" manoeuvres will not really be needed.
Overall, the P-47 is a very pleasurable plane to fly for a quick jaunt in arcade battles.
| Max Speed
(km/h at 9,114 m)
| Max altitude
| Turn time
| Rate of climb
| Max Speed
(km/h at 9,114 m)
|Max altitude (meters)||Turn time (seconds)|| Rate of climb
|Take-off run (meters)|
|Combat flap||Take-off flap||Landing flap||Air brakes||Arrestor gear|
| Wing-break speed
| Gear limit
| Combat flap
|Max Static G|
|< 380||< 420||< 450||> 250|
|Optimal altitude||100% Engine power||WEP Engine power|
|7,350 m||2,000 hp||2,300 hp|
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-25 is armed with:
- 8 x 12.7 mm Browning M2 machine guns, wing-mounted (425 rpg = 3400 total)
The P-47D-25 can be outfitted with the following ordinance:
- 1 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bomb (500 lb total)
- 2 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs (2,000 lb total)
- 10 x 127 mm HVAR rockets
- 2 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs + 1 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bomb (2,500 lb total)
- 10 x 127 mm HVAR rockets + 1 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bomb (500 lb total)
- 10 x 127 mm HVAR rockets + 2 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs (2,000 lb total)
- 10 x 127 mm HVAR rockets + 2 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs + 1 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bomb (2,500 lb total)
Usage in battles
The Thunderbolt was used as a high altitude bomber escort and excels at fighter roles in the game, but it can also be used as a very effective ground attack aircraft, thanks to its impressive bomb load. With the equivalent of 3,000 lbs of ordnance under its wings with munitions such as 1,000 lb bombs and 10 HVAR rockets, it is an excellent fighter-bomber. In this role, its performance is often superior to even dedicated ground attack aircraft such as IL-2 Sturmoviks. Its eight fifty-calibre guns are effective against soft targets which aren't worth rockets or bombs. With good aim, they can destroy light pillboxes at distances less than 400m if using the "Ground Targets" belt. When engaging against enemy aircraft, Boom & Zoom tactics are a must, never try to dogfight with the 'Jug'. When diving on a target, if you don't down the enemy, don't try to turn and finish him, use the speed you built in the dive and extend away, climb up, Immelmann and do it all again.
Two main skill modes present themselves: Strike fighter (fighter-bomber), taken by going low with a full payload, ravaging the countryside, or as just as a standard fighter by first gaining altitude to hunt for bombers, or use the height to dive on enemies who do not have the patience to climb. For the former "ground attack belt" is obviously advised, it will easily pierce armoured cars and light pillboxes, they do work well on aircraft too.
When using the "Jug" as a fighter remember that speed and altitude are your lifelines. Never give these up unless you must to stay alive. Also, remember that in arcade planes accelerate very quickly so you need a huge speed advantage to make sure you make a getaway in a boom and zoom attack. With this is mind dive in on enemies that are engaging a teammate or ones that at least 1 km bellow you. If you do not shoot down the enemy, remember to go into a shallow climb to extend, not a steep climb
A wonderful Boom & Zoom fighter in every respect, therefore, flies it accordingly! As in real life, the performance advantage will drastically shift in favour of the P-47D above 3,000m (Soviet opponents) or 6,000m (most German and Japanese aircraft). The climb rate of this plane is not the best as such it is a good idea to side climb and wait for the first engagement. In realistic battles it is wise to wait until after the first engagements with enemies, then if your team has a numerical advantage land on the airstrip, bailout and then load the ground attack ordnance, remember to not bail out until fully repaired and rearmed.
Its bubble canopy makes spotting enemies much easier than most other planes even when you are above the enemy. Remember that firing at an enemy plane at convergence range will be devastating, choosing a comfortable targeting distance is crucial in the Thunderbolt. In many cases don't be afraid to dive away from an enemy and then pull-up drastically since you have a heavy and very tough airframe, this makes altitude a very important asset, and thus side climbing is always beneficial.
Manual Engine Control
|Controllable||Not controllable||Not controllable||Not controllable||Separate||Not controllable||Not controllable|
|I||Airframe Repair||Radiator||Offensive 12 mm|
|III||Wings Repair||Engine||New 12 mm MGs||FRC mk.2|
|IV||G-Suit||Fuel Injection||Cover||FLBC mk.1|
- Climb rate and acceleration is a big issue for the stock P-47D. Focus on Compressor, Engine, Wing repairs and Engine Injection first. During this performance focused grind, you can additionally research New 12.7 mm and the various payload modules to unlock the higher tiers for the better performance upgrades.
Pros and cons
- Great at diving and Boom & Zoom
- Great multirole aircraft, acting as an interceptor or ground-attack aircraft
- Impressive speed, great engine performance above 6,000 m
- Very rugged construction can keep the plane flying despite damages
- Impressive firepower of 8 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine guns with also impressive ammunition pool
- First plane in the U.S tech tree to gain access to pure API-T ammo belts
- Very fast for its rank
- One of the few fighters that can carry both bombs and rockets at the same time, making it excellent for ground attack
- By using opposite rudder and aileron controls, for example, left rudder and right aileron, the Thunderbolt can "skid" quickly in the direction the rudder. Very useful to dodge shots. Works for both the D-25 and D-28
- Terrible turning time at low altitude/low speed
- Mediocre climb performance (side climbing recommended)
- Larger than average fighters
- Poor overall performance when mounting payloads
- After attacking ground targets, the P-47 lacks the altitude to Boom & Zoom enemy fighters
Developed by North Republic Aviation, the main role of the P-47 Thunderbolt was Bomber Escort, at high altitude the 'Jug' could contend with the latest from the Luftwaffe. The design was to also include much better protection for the pilot by having increased armour around the cockpit, however, this increased its weight substantially. It was the first American fighter to receive more than the standard 6 x .50 calibre M2 Browning Machine guns, a total of 8 all together. Making it the most powerful Allied aircraft in terms of firepower at the time. Thanks to its rugged design, The Thunderbolt was able to take a considerable beating, more so than other allied aircraft, also with its sturdy airframe and reliable radial engine, the 'Jug' quickly took on the role of ground attack, able to arm itself with 2500 lbs of bombs and rockets. All in all the Thunderbolt was one of the most successful allied aircraft during the war, even with the introduction of the faster and more nimble P-51 Mustang, later modifications of the Thunderbolt would go on to see action in the later part of the Pacific Campaign against the Imperial Japanese Navy.
A total of 385 D-25 Models of the P-47 were constructed. This model was the first to receive the teardrop canopy. It was also fitted with an increased supply of oxygen and some systems were repositioned for higher fuel capacity.
The Republic P-47 Thunderbolt was an American fighter-bomber of the WWII era. It was one of the main USAAF fighters of WWII, especially effective as a fighter-bomber. The P-47 was also sent to the USSR via the lend-lease program. It was designed at Republic Aviation by two emigrants from the Russian Empire, Alexander Seversky and Alexander Kartveli.
The official designation of the P-47, like that of many other Republic aircraft, is related to the word Thunder. However, the P-47's unmatched dimensions and weight led to the P-47 being nicknamed the Jug. Another informal nickname, more common during WWII, is Bolt or T-Bolt. The most mass-produced variant of the P-47 was the P-47D with a teardrop canopy. The variant was in development as early as 1941 and the first order for 850 P-47Ds was placed in late 1941. Many more Thunderbolts would be built during the war, making it the most mass-produced US fighter of WWII by 1945.
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