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Republic P-47 Thunderbolt

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The plane that Reto "Should" have picked for our main fighter.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic_P-47_Thunderbolt

The Republic P-47 Thunderbolt was a World War II era fighter aircraft produced by the United States between 1941–1945. Its primary armament was eight .50-caliber machine guns and in the fighter-bomber ground-attack role it could carry five-inch rockets or a bomb load of 2,500 pounds (1,103 kg), more than half the payload of the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bomber. When fully loaded the P-47 weighed up to eight tons (tonnes) making it one of the heaviest fighters of the war. The P-47 was designed around the powerful Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp engine which was also used by two U.S. Navy fighters, the Grumman F6F Hellcat and the Vought F4U Corsair. The Thunderbolt was effective as a short-to-medium range escort fighter in high-altitude air-to-air combat and ground attack in both the World War II European and Pacific theaters.
The P-47 was one of the main United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) fighters of World War II, and served with Allied air forces including France, Britain, and Russia. Mexican and Brazilian squadrons fighting alongside the U.S. were equipped with the P-47.
The armored cockpit was relatively roomy and comfortable, offering good visibility. A modern-day U.S. ground-attack aircraft, the Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II, takes its name from the P-47.


http://www.militaryfactory.com/aircraft ... raft_id=76

http://acepilots.com/planes/p47_thunderbolt.html

The P-47 Thunderbolt gained a reputation for ruggedness and was even dubbed "the flying jug" as it was notorious for taking a ridiculous amount of damage and still be able to fly.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic_ ... US_service
Even with its complicated turbosupercharger system, its sturdy airframe and tough radial engine could absorb a lot of damage and still return home. Some pilots readily chose to belly-land their burning Thunderbolts rather than risk bailing out; there are instances of P-47s crash-landing after being shot down, hitting trees and absorbing impacts severe enough to snap off wings, tail, and engine, while the pilot escaped with few or no injuries.


http://militaryhistorynow.com/2015/04/2 ... underbolt/
The Thunderbolt was a flying tank … and was very hard to kill.
The P-47 was a popular plane with pilots. Not only was it capable of absorbing staggering amounts of punishment, the cockpit was roomy and comfortable. Some fliers likened the aircraft’s seat to a lounge chair. Plus, the bubble canopy, which was added to D-model variants, afforded aviators enhanced visibility. The plane’s safety record was nothing short of astounding – only about 0.7 percent of Thunderbolts were lost in action.





















Help me convince RETO!!! https://heroesandgenerals.com/forums/topic/1170419/
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P-47s are awesome planes. They really should have been the US plane in H&G.
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Woody you should become Reto's historical assistant or whatever the proper title is :wink:
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scoutsniper wrote: Woody you should become Reto's historical assistant or whatever the proper title is :wink:


I was doing it for free on the forums for awhile citing all my work and showing the facts and giving examples and providing other media references. But nevertheless ignorant idiots would dispute some outrageous stupid facts or challenge my replies. Most of the time Reto looks right over them and never stops to read or comment on them.

It was a wasted effort to educate the community.
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