|The Republic P-47 Thunderbolt
"The Big Beautiful Jug"
|P-47 Thunderbolt Armament
|The P-47 Thunderbolt was typically equipped with eight .50 caliber M2 aircraft machine guns.
The chart below explains the difference between the standard M2 and aircraft M2.
The main differences were the weight and rate of fire.
|The P-47 was armed with eight wing mounted Browning .50 caliber machine guns.
These eight .50's firing together could deliver apx. 13 lbs of lead per second.
Spent cases and links were ejected from the bottom of the wing.
When loaded with armor-piercing incendiary (API) rounds the .50 caliber did considerable damage to light armored
vehicles, trains, and aircraft.
The P-47D-25 could carry 2500 lbs of external stores; this variety of HE bombs, incendiary bombs, napalm, and rockets gave
the thunderbolt a hard punch
|The P-47D-25 could carry 2500 lbs of external stores; this variety of HE bombs,
incendiary bombs, napalm, and rockets gave the thunderbolt a hard punch
|Gun camera still shows the amount of rounds hitting
the target area and the pattern of hits.
|Types of .50 Caliber Ammunition
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|.50 Caliber Ammunition
|The most common .50 caliber load for the P-47 was the Armor Piecing (AP) , Armor Piercing Incendiary (API),
Armor Piercing Incendiary Tracer (API-T) or a combination of AP, API and API-T.
|P-47D Thunderbolt Ordnance
|The most common bomb used
was the AN-M64 500lbs and
|P-47 armed with 2 AN-M65 500lbs
General Purpose Bombs
|P-47's loaded with 3 AN-M57 250lbs GP bombs.
|Bomb carts loaded with bombs
|Cutaways of AN-M64 and AN-M59
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