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Bell P-63 Kingcobra


The P-63 inherited the general layout of the P-39 Airacobra, but was totally redesigned. It had an engine with a two-stage supercharger and a laminar flow wing, in an attempt to improve high-altitude performance. Superior fighters were already in service, and the P-63 had a too small combat radius. The USAAF bought few P-63s and never used them in combat. Most production aircraft (2421) were lend-leased to the USSR. The USAAF did buy the bizarre RP-63, a manned aerial target, well-armoured to resist the hits of special, frangible bullets!
General characteristics P-63A
Primary function Fighter/bomber
Contractor Bell Aircraft Corp.
Power plant One Allison V-1710-93 engine
Thrust 1,308 HP 975kW
Wingspan 38.3 ft 11.68 m
Length 32.7 ft 9.96 m
Height 12.6 ft 3.84 m
Wingarea 248 sq ft 23.04 sq m
Weight empty 6,376 lb 2,892 kg
max. 10,500 lb 4,763 kg
Max. speed 410 mph 660 km/h
Ceiling 43,000 ft 13,100 m
Max. range 2,575 miles 4,143 km
Armament 1x 37mm cannon, 4x 12.7mm machine guns, 3x 227 kg bombs
Crew One
First flight December 7, 1942
Date deployed 1943
Number built 3,303


Jirka Wagner

 

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