Color Gun Camera Footage Of A P-47 Thunderbolt
This Is As Close As You’ll Get To The Action
The P-47 Thunderbolt, built by Republic Aviation, is a heavy fighter and fighter bomber first introduced in 1941. It was heavily armed with four guns per wing. Powered by a Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp engine, the Thunderbolt could carry almost half the payload of the B-17 Flying Fortress and could engage in high altitude air to air combat. This made it a real workhorse in the Air Force.
The Thunderbolt was equipped with:
- 8 .50 in M2 Browning machine guns with 3400 round
- Up to 2,500 lb. of bombs
- 10 5 in. unguided rockets
For a one person plane, the Thunderbolt packed a punch, which is why over 15,000 of them were produced during the war. In this video, you’ll see see Thunderbolts engage both in air-to-air combat and performing ground attacks, something they did very well. Hats off to these great pilots for both their service and bravery!