(Used from Spring of 1944 until disbanded in 1947)
The Republic P-47 Thunderbolt was an American single-engine, single-seat, all metal fighter and ground-attack aircraft, powered by the Pratt & Whitney R-2800 radial engine. The P-47 had better performance than the P-40 in most areas, with the exception of maneuverability and range. With its robust airframe, powerful radial engine, and armament of eight .50 caliber machine guns, the P-47 was especially proficient in the ground-attack role.
The P-47 was the most produced American fighter of World War II, with 15,636 being built.