The almighty “Jug” makes its first appearance in the third generation of the IL-2 series with the P-47D-28 Thunderbolt U.S. Army Air Force fighter and fighter-bomber now in engine and currently being tested and developed for future release.
As with many developer studios that are constantly developing, there’s usually a lull in development during the summer as many employees take time off and get some much needed rest. Still, development does continue and the team at 1CGS in their latest developer diary are showing off the P-47.
Their hard work is paying off and the Thunderbolt looks amazing!
Not yet done is the cockpit so we’ll have to wait a little longer to see that. It’s also not clear (or confirmed) what modifications the P-47 will offer.
See the latest update from the IL-2 developers right here.
One of the Allies best fighters, and fighter-bombers
The P-47 has a powerful reputation to live up to albeit one sometimes shrouded more in myth than in reality. Still, the P-47 was an essential fighter in the Allied arsenal and one that left an indelible mark on history.
In its first year of operation on the Western Front, the P-47 made a serious reputation with the various fighter groups that had been built up in England. It was successful purely by being able to go toe to toe with the best of the Luftwaffe and manage to perform admirably in the face of that opposition.
Heavier and larger than the Spitfire, Bf109, FW190 and other fighter types in use, the P-47 boasted raw power thanks to a 2000 horsepower R-2800 radial engine connected to a turbo-supercharger. It also boasted sleek lines and a shockingly low drag coefficient.
In 1944 and 1945, the P-47 slowly relinquished the fighter escort role in the 8th Air Force to the P-51 Mustang in most fighter groups (except for the 56th Fighter Group).
In the 9th Air Force, the P-47 became the premier close air support weapon thanks to its powerful array of eight Browning .50cal machine guns and its ability to withstand battle damage. It was also optionally armed with a variety of 250lb, 500lb, and 1000lb bombs as well as the Bazooka-tube M8 rockets. Later variants of the P-47 also carried the HVAR rocket.
In IL-2: Battle of Bodenplatte, the P-47 should be both an outstanding high altitude fighter (above 20,000 feet) as well as an extremely capable fighter-bomber down at lower altitudes. It was also an extremely durable aircraft able to take punishment that few other fighters could withstand.
It’s going to be very interesting to see how 1CGS incorporates the P-47 into their simulation. It has, in the past, been an extremely controversial fighter boasting an impressive score but sometimes being saddled with performance that didn’t seem fitting for a fighter of its reputation. The P-47 is also a type that rewards exceptional flying, fighting, and training and isn’t the ideal short range dogfighter that some may want to try and make it.
I can’t wait to take to the virtual skies in a P-47 again. It’s going to be fun!