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World War II

Republic XP-47M Thunderbolt

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-47M 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.  

Service History

  • Delivered: August 3, 1944
  • Served as test aircraft for NACA in Moffett, CA.
  • 4109th AAF, 4112th AAF, then retired at Walnut Ridge AAF, AR
  • Stricken: November 25, 1945

This Thunderbolt was entered in the 1947 and 1948 Bendix Air Races.  This P-47M was owned by pilot Bill Odom and known as the Reynolds Bombshell.
MFG: Republic Aviation

First Produced: 1941

Powerplant: P/W R2800-57

Horsepower: 2800

Prop: 12’ Hamilton 4-Blade

Service Ceiling: 41,000 ft.

Cruise: 300 mph

Top Speed: 475 mph

Range: 530 miles

Empty Weight: 10,300 lbs

Gross Weight: 15,350 lbs

Wing Span: 40’9”

Wing Area: 300 sq. ft.

Length: 36’2”

Height: 14’8”

Armament: (8) .50 cal machine

guns in wings.

Number Built: 15,683 total

133 P-47M Models

Acquired by Yanks in October 1985 and restored, it has become the only flying P-47M in the world.