Many of the pilots which flew the P-47 Thunderbolt, received advanced fighter training while stationed at Millville Army Airfield.

The P-47 Thunderbolt; —“The Jug”, —was rated by many historians as the most effective fighter-bomber of World War II.

 

Republic P-47 Thunderbolt Specifications:

First flight: May 6, 1941
Total produced: 15, 683
Most units built – P-47D: 12,602
Average cost of P-47D: $82,997
Engine: Pratt & Whitney R2800-59
18 Cylinder Radial (P-47D-20)
Power: 2000/2300 H.P.
Propeller: 13 Feet
Dimensions Span: 40 ft. 9-5/15 in.
Length: 30 ft. 1-3/4 in.
Height: 14 ft. 8-1/16 in.
Wing area: 300 sq. ft.
Weight: 9,900 lbs. (empty) Gross: 14,000 lbs. Max: 17,000 lbs.
Speeds Max: 426 mph at 30,000 ft.; Landing: 106 mph;
Climb 6 min. to 15,000 ft.; 13.5 min to 30,000 ft.
Fuel internal: 305 U.S. gal.
Fuel external: 375 U.S. gal
Range Max: 800 miles at 10,000 ft. (4.2 hrs.)
Normal: 390 miles at 25,000 ft. .
Service ceiling: 40,000 ft.
Armament: 8 ea. 50 cal. mg with from 267 to 425 rpm
Bombs: 2 x 1000 lb., or 3 x 500, etc.; max load of 2,500 lbs.

Combat Statistics:

546,000 combat sorties with a combat loss rate of only 0.7 percent.
132,000 tons of bombs dropped
135 million rounds of 50 cal. fired
1-1/2 million hours of combat
20 million gal of fuel consumed
11,878 Enemy planes destroyed; 1/2 in the air; 1/2 on the ground
160,000 military vehicles destroyed
9,000 enemy locomotives destroyed
More victories than any other American aircraft in W.W.II

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