The Republic P-47 Thunderbolt was a World War II-era fighter aircraft produced by the American aerospace company Republic Aviation from 1941 through 1945. The P-47 gradually became the USAAF’s primary fighter-bomber, by late 1943, early versions of the P-47D carrying 500 lbs bombs underneath their bellies, mid production versions of the P-47D could carry 1000 lbs bombs and M8 4.5 in rockets under their wings or from the last version of the P-47D in 1944, 5 in High velocity aircraft rockets (HVARs, also known as “Holy Moses”). From D-Day until VE day, Thunderbolt pilots claimed to have destroyed 86,000 railroad cars, 9,000 locomotives, 6,000 armored fighting vehicles, and 68,000 trucks. Whether you want to fly up there with the bombers or down low with the flak and tracers, the P-47 is a very versatile aircraft that just screams American Muscle in every aspect of its design.
During the fall of 1987, Fairchild Corporation (then Republic’s parent company) destroyed Republic’s corporate archives. Joshua Stoff, the curator of the Cradle of Aviation Museum on Long Island, wrote in Air & Space Magazine that, upon being invited to have a last look at the archives, he surreptitiously took one document with him. That lone surviving document was a contract for 225 P-47Bs from Republic for the US Army Air Corps at a cost of $16,275,657.50 (War Department Contract #15850, dated September 13, 1940) is now housed at the museum.
This unbelievably stupid decision to destroy Republic’s archives makes the DCS P-47 very special for me since it’s a plane that has been literally brought back from the dead. In my humble opinion, Eagle Dynamics hasn’t only created a mere piece of software… they have created an almost living and breathing virtual museum about one of the most precious parts of aviation history: the mighty Thunderbolt.
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Table of Contents
PART 1 – INTRODUCTION
PART 2 – CONTROLS SETUP
PART 3 – COCKPIT & GAUGES
PART 4 – START-UP PROCEDURE
PART 5 – TAKEOFF
PART 6 – LANDING
PART 7 – ENGINE & FUEL MANAGEMENT
PART 8 – AERODYNAMICS & LIMITATIONS
PART 9 – WEAPONS
PART 10 – RADIO
PART 11 – NAVIGATION
PART 12 – AIRCRAFT VARIANTS
PART 13 – AIR COMBAT
PART 14 – TAMING TAILDRAGGERS
Last Updated: 09/10/2020
-09/10/2020: Added P-47D30 Early and P-47D-40 variants (with their specific equipment), added external tank operation tutorials, updated bomb tutorials, added rocket employment tutorial, added Mk VIII gunsight
-13/09/2020: Updated bomb release procedure
-7/07/2020: Initial Release