Curtiss P-47G Thunderbolt

Last revised July 18, 1999




Following cancellation of the Army contract for the P-60A in January 1942, the Curtiss-Wright company was given a contract to begin construction of the D-version of the Thunderbolt under license at its Buffalo plant. The Curtiss-Wright built version was designated P-47G.

The first delivery of a P-47G took place in December of 1942. The first 20 P-47Gs produced by Curtiss (P-47G-CU) were similar to the concurrent P-47C, but the remainder were similar to Republic-built P-47Ds. Curtiss produced a total of 354 P-47G-1-CU through P-47G-15-CU Thunderbolts by March of 1944, these planes being identical to Republic-built P-47Ds. They could be distinguished from Republic-built Thunderbolts only by their serial numbers.

Since P-47Gs tended to lag behind Republic-built models as regards the latest refinements, most of the Curtiss-built Thunderbolts were used for training roles in the US, and very few went overseas. Curtiss production of the P-47G ended in March of 1944

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