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"APACHE" | AH-64A Peten
P-47N-15 Thunderbolt
General characteristics
1 personCrew
9.4 tTake-off weight
4.44 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
13 500 mCeiling
Pratt & Whitney R-2800-57CEngine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
950 km/hStructural
450 km/hGear
Offensive armament
8 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gunWeapon 1
4 000 roundsAmmunition
768 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
1 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombSetup 1
2 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bombSetup 2
2 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bomb
1 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bomb
Setup 3
10 x HVAR rocketsSetup 4
1 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bomb
10 x HVAR rockets
Setup 5
2 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bomb
10 x HVAR rockets
Setup 6
2 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bomb
1 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bomb
10 x HVAR rockets
Setup 7
46 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
150 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png4 700 / 6 189/4 800 / 6 321/1 810 / 2 383Repair
43 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
150 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
820 Ge icon.pngAces
160 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
350 % Sl icon.png250 % Sl icon.png100 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the American fighter P-47N-15. For other versions, see P-47 (Family).


GarageImage P-47N-15.jpg

The P-47N-15 Thunderbolt is a rank IV American 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 a more specialised 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 its top speed and manoeuvrability, bordering on just below 800 km/h and with an airframe that can support it. This, coupled with its 8 devastating M2 .50 cal 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 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, improving its pitch tremendously overall.

General info

Flight performance

Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.

Max Speed
(km/h at 9,144 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
713 697 13 500 31.5 32.6 9.7 9.7 700
Max Speed
(km/h at 9,144 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
787 750 13 500 28.6 30.0 20.1 14 700


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flaps
Max Static G
+ -
950 450  520 ~11 ~8
Optimal velocities
< 400 < 420 < 450 > 335
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
9,800 m 2,100 hp 2,793 hp

Survivability and armour

  • 9.5 mm Steel - Fore cockpit plate
  • 9.5 mm Steel - Armour 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 Browning M2 machine guns, wing-mounted (500 rpg = 4,000 total)

Suspended armament

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

  • Without load
  • 1 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bomb (500 lb total)
  • 2 x 1,000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs (2,000 lb total)
  • 2 x 1,000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs + 1 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bomb (2,500 lb total)
  • 10 x HVAR rockets
  • 1 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bomb + 10 x HVAR rockets (500 lb total)
  • 2 x 1,000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs + 10 x HVAR rockets (2,000 lb total)
  • 2 x 1,000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs + 1 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bomb + 10 x HVAR rockets (2,500 lb total)

Usage in battles

How to offensively engage an enemy aircraft: From the start of the match you want to be 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 at most altitudes. From there your main operation of attack will be the simple Boom & Zoom tactic, 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 its powerful engine and good energy retention. Additionally, its manoeuvrability is not too bad either. With its decent roll rate you are able to do repeated rolling manoeuvres to keep out of an enemies gun sights as a last resort. 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.

Enemies worth noting:

  • ZSD63: A dangerous SPAA to go up against in Tank Realistic Battles. Though it is hard to identify specific SPAA vehicles on the ground (especially when they are shooting tracers at the plane), if a ZSD63 is identified, avoid it at all costs and do not attempt head-ons with it, ever. It can easily snap a wing off by casually putting a short burst in the P-47N-15's flight path. Don't even get close to it unless the P-47N-15 is equipped with a bomb or if it is busy shooting another friendly. Some identifying features of the ZSD63 is its rather boxy and tall hull with a geometric turret sitting at the back, slightly similar to a Wirbelwind's. The firing manner is also distinctive: the sound and green tracers are very rapid, much like a buzz saw, but then it will remain silent for half a minute reloading. Note that an experienced ZSD player will hold its fire or shoot in single salvos with long halts between, making it look like that it's reloading. Armor piercing belt is recommended since their high penetration can tear through the ZSD's armor with ease and knock out its crews.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Controllable
Auto control available
Not auto controlled
Not auto controlled
Separate Controllable
1 gear
Auto controlled


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 12 mm MGs 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 manoeuvrability at low speeds
  • Lower than average climb rate, slightly slower in comparison to a P-51D-30
  • At its weakest at low altitude (yet still decently strong)
  • 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)
  • Minimal fuel load is bigger than other P-47 variants (37 mins vs 21 mins)
  • Machine guns are mounted very far apart


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See also

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