REPUBLIC P-47 THUNDERBOLT

P-47 SERVICE

Manufacturer: The Republic Aviation Corp., Farmingdale, Long Island, New York, USA
Model: AP-10
(Developed from the 1939 Model AP-4 Republic P-43 Lancer)
Designations: P-47; F-47, P-72
Names: Thunderbolt; Doublebolt (TP-47G), Super Thunderbolt (XP-72)
First official flight: (XP-47B) 06/05/1941
Factory production period: 1941 - 1945
Primary service period: 1942 - 1945
Last official flight: (F-47N) 1953

P-47 VARIANTS

1941 Model AP-10 XP-47B 1 Total: 00001
         
1941 Model AP-10 P-47B 171  
1942 Model AP-10 P-47C 602 Total: 00773
         
1942 Model AP-10 P-47D 12608  
1942 Model AP-10 P-47G 354 Total: 12962
         
1943 Model AP-10 XP-47J 1  
1944 Model AP-10 P-47M 130  
1944 Model AP-10 P-47N 1816 Total: 01947
         
1944 Model: ? XP-72 2 Total: 00002

Grand Total: 15685

P-47 PRODUCTION

XP-47 - Prototype (40-3051) fighter-bomber, 6 guns, airframe completed as the XB-47B.
XP-47A
- Prototype (40-3052) lightweight version of the XP-47, cancelled.

XP-47B
Prototype, 4-bladed prop, rear mounted turbo-supercharger.
Extensively redesigned from the XP-47 prototype.
Produced 1941

Republic Farmingdale, New York (RE)

40-3051 unknown 1 Total: 00001

P-47B
As XP-47B, engine upgrade, 8 guns, minor changes.
Produced 1941 - 1942

Republic Farmingdale, New York (RE)

41-5895 / 41-6065 1 / 171 171 Total: 00171

P-47C
As P-47B, extended nose section, engine upgrade.
Produced 1942 - 1943

Republic Farmingdale, New York (RE)

41-6066 / 41-6667 172 / 773 602 Total: 00602

P-47D
As P-47C, early aircraft had "razorback" framed canopy,
many block no. changes ("teardrop" canopy, dorsal fin,
paddle prop, more armour, rocket packs).
Redesignated as F-47D in 1948.
Produced 1942 - 1945

Republic Farmingdale, New York (RE)

42-7853 / 42-8702 1 / 850    
42-25274 / 42-27388 851 / 2965    
42-74615 / 42-76614 2966 / 4965    
44-19558 / 44-21107 4966 / 6515

6515

 

Republic Evansville, Indiana (RA)

42-22250 / 42-23299 1 / 1050    
42-27389 / 42-29466 1051 / 3128    
43-25254 / 43-25753 3129 / 3628    
44-32668 / 44-33867 3629 / 4828    
44-89684 / 44-90483 4829 / 5628    
45-49090 / 45-49554 5629 / 6093 6093 Total: 12608
420 additional airframes cancelled.


Seen here is an Indiana built P-47D-30-RA s/n: 44-33712 with Turkish
Air Force s/n: DE-21. 180 P-47 Thunderbolts were operated by
Turkey between 1948 and 1954.
Turkish Air Force Museum, Istanbul, Turkey, 2005.

P-47G
Curtiss-Wright built version of the P-47D-RE / -RA.
All with "razorback" canopy.
Produced 1942 - 1944

Curtiss Buffalo, New York (CU)

42-24920 / 42-25273 21814 / 22167 354 Total: 00354

P-47I - Not used.

XP-47J
Prototype, engine upgrade, supercharger redesign, 
reduced weight, "razorback" canopy, 6 wing guns.
Produced 1943

Republic Farmingdale, New York (RE)

43-46952 J1 1 Total: 00001

P-47M
As YP-47M, "bubble" canopy, 6 or 8 wing guns.
Produced 1944

Republic Farmingdale, New York (RE)

44-21108 / 44-21237 6516 / 6645 130 Total: 00130

P-47N
As XP-47N, many block no. changes.
Redesignated as F-47N in 1948.
Produced 1944 - 1945

Republic Farmingdale, New York (RE)

44-87784 / 44-89450 1 / 1667

1667

 
233 additional airframes cancelled.

Republic Evansville, Indiana (RA)

45-49975 / 45-50123 6094 / 6242 149 Total: 01816
3451 additional airframes cancelled.

XP-72 Super Thunderbolt
Similiar to XP-47J, fuselage redesign, engine upgrade,
"bubble" canopy, second airframe had contra-rotating prop.
Produced 1944

Republic Farmingdale, New York (RE)

43-6598, 43-6599 unknown 2 Total: 00002
100 additional airframes cancelled.

 

Grand Total: 15685

P-47 CONVERSIONS

USAAF

RP-47B 1+ P-47B, 1944, redesignation as "restricted" from combat.
XP-47E 1 P-47B(41-6065), 1942, engine upgrade, pressurized cockpit.
XP-47F 1 P-47B(41-5938), 1942, factory conversion with laminar-flow wing.
TP-47G 2 Doublebolt
P-47G, factory conversions with double cockpit, armed.
Additional aircraft later converted in the field.
XP-47H 2 P-47D(42-23297, 42-23298), 1945, fuselage redesign, engine upgrade.
XP-47K 1 P-47D(42-8702), 1943, test aircraft for bubble canopy installation.
XP-47L 1 P-47D(42-76614), prototype with higher fuel capacity.
YP-47M 3 P-47D(42-27385, 42-27386, 42-27388), 1944, engine / supercharger upgrade,
airbrakes mounted under wings.
XP-47N 1 P-47D(42-27387), 1944, engine upgrade, redesigned wings
and undercarriage for greater fuel capacity.

British RAF

Thunderbolt Mk. I 240 P-47D "razorback", 1942-1946, RAF serving aircraft.
Assigned RAF s/n: FL731 / FL850, HB962 / HB999,
HD100 / HD181.
Thunderbolt Mk. II 590 P-47D "teardrop", 1942-1946, RAF serving aircraft.
Assigned RAF s/n: HD182 / HD301, KJ128 / KJ367,
KL168 / KL347, KL838 / KL887.
89 additional conversions cancelled.

FOREIGN MILITARY SERVICE
 - P-47D's served during WW2 with Brazil, the Free French, Mexico and Russia.
 - P-47D's in service post WW2 with Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia,
   Dominica, Ecuador, Honduras, Iran, Italy, Nicaragua, Peru, Portugal,
   Turky, Venezuela and Yugoslavia.

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