Thunderbolts Announced in Action

Republic P-47 Thunderbolt fighters are officially in the scrap against the Nazis over Europe after some delay in ironing out the usual "bugs". The Thunderbolt weighs 13,500 lb, which make it the heaviest single-engine fighter in any air force, so far as is known. It carries a 2,000-hp P & W air-cooled engine and originally had eight .50-cal machine guns capable of firing 6,400 rounds per min. Its speed is reported in excess of 400 mph. Some months ago test pilots said the plane had attained a speed of 725 mph in diving from one test level to another. The War Department says it can perform at 40,000 ft and has a ferrying range of 1,000 mi. Production is in hundreds per month.

This news clip was originally published in the June, 1943, issue of Aviation magazine, vol 42, no 6, p 292.