The largest and heaviest single seat fighter ever built and the fastest fighter in WWII.  The Thunderbolt reached speeds of 504 mph at 34,000 feet in level flight and consumed an astonishing 330 gallons of fuel per hour.  

The P-47 was designed by WWI ace Alexander Kartveli to combat jets and the V-1 rocket.   With speed, altitude and range the “Jug” was responsible for more victories than any other aircraft in WWII.

In the first six months of 1945, the P-47 dropped an average of 541 tons of bombs daily.  Bodyguard to the bombers of the European Theater, the P-47 gave the Allies air superiority.

DISPLAY STATUS COUNTRY OF ORIGIN CURRENT LOCATION
Own United States Starfigher Hangar
PURPOSE & TYPE MATERIALS ERA & DATE RANGE
Fighter/Bomber  Steel World War II
1939 – 1945
PRODUCTION &
ACQUISITION
SPECIFICATIONS SERVICE HISTORY
MFG: Republic
First Produced: 1945
Number Built:
Armament:Acquired by Yanks in 1991
Wingspan: 40’9″
Wing Area: 300 sq. ft.
Length: 36’2″
Height: 14’8″
Empty Weight: 11,000 lbs.
Gross Weight: 20,700 lbs.
Powerplant: P&W R-2800
Thrust: 2000 hp.
Cruise Speed: 350 mph
Maximum Speed: 428 mph
Range: 475 miles
Delivered: June 1945

June 1945:
Dec 1945: Jan 1947: Jan 1948:
Mar 1951: Jan 1953: Jun 1953: Sep 1953: Sep 1991:
Delivered to USAAF June 19, 1945
261st AAf Base Unit (Second Air Force) Sweetwater AAF TX. To Independence AAF MO (storage). To Hill AAF UT (storage). To 105th Fighter Squadron (Air National Guard), Berry Field, Nashville TN. Unit assigned to Air Defense Command (to F-47D). To Oklahoma City Air Materiel Area, Tinker AFB OK. To TEMCO, Hensley Field, Dallas TX. Dropped from inventory by transfer to Brazil. Acquire & restored by Yanks Air Museum, Chino Airport, Chino CA.