The P-47 Thunderbolt was developed from the Seversky P-35, via XP-41, P-43 Lancer, XP-44, and the prototype XP-47. The XP-47B went operational as the P-47B and the plane went on to fame from there. The relatively large plane was designed around the complex turbosupercharger system which, along with Pratt & Whitney's now-legendary R-2800 Double Wasp, was responsible for the fighter's high performance.

Folklore had it that nothing except the Tallboy bombs could outdive a P-47, which was probably true. It was not true enough to make the story about a 840-mph power dive believable.

Less vulnerable to small-caliber fire than its contemporaries with inline engines — the oil tank for a radial engine makes a smaller target than the Prestone tanks and radiators of a liquid-cooled engine — and armed with 8 wing-mounted .50-caliber machine guns, the P-47 excelled in the ground-attack role and close air support for ground troops.

It is never mentioned in stories or articles about the Jug, but throttle response had to be a good deal slower than that of most of its contemporaries, since there was so much ducting between the engine and the turbosupercharger. It certainly does not seem to have been a handicap, possibly because combat was usually engaged with throttles pushed wide open and left that way.

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There was a Design Analysis article [ HTML ] in the December, 1943, issue of Air Tech magazine.
The P-47 was also featured in a Design Analysis article [ PDF, 16 MiB ] , [ HTML ] in the January, 1945, issue of Industrial Aviation magazine.
The article includes a color phantom rendering of the P-47 which was used to develop some wallpaper images.
The P-47 Thunderbolt or Jug was featured in a number of articles: The Jug was famed for its ability to accelerate in a dive. (See "Dive P-47s at 725 mph" [ HTML ]) This led to problems with compressibility,
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