The Complexity of a WW II P-47 Thunderbolt’s Powerplant

The P-47 Thunderbolt, built by Republic Aviation, was a powerful WW II fighter that was capable of operating effectively at high-altitude as a long-range bomber escort or at low altitude as a fighter bomber. That tactical flexibility was enabled by its turbocharged Pratt & Whitney Double Wasp R-2800, two-row, 18-cylinder radial engine. A representative P-47D … Continue reading The Complexity of a WW II P-47 Thunderbolt’s Powerplant