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P-63 "Kingcobra"

Multipurpose Fighter

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P-63 Kingcobra

Though airplane P-63 looks as increased fighter "Airacobra", actually it is absolutely new design which has excellent high-speed qualities at all altitudes. Nicknamed "Kingcobra" the fighter has taken much from airplane ХР-39Е. Nevertheless, as against last design P-63 was more, than "Airacobra" with a new wing, differed engine V-1710-93 "Allison" (on modification P-63А), with the mode "forcing" increased power up to 1500hp.

Though it has been constructed about 3300 airplanes of various modifications, but to the moment when the first production copies have got in air force the USA in October, 1943, airplanes P-51В, P-38Н and P-47С have satisfied requirements of air force for a front fighter. Therefore the majority of airplanes P-63 became accessible to purchase in accordance to Lend-Lease terms.

In total 2400 airplanes P-63 "Kingcobra" were supplied to USSR in accordance to Lend-Lease terms.

Specification P-63
Crew 1
Dimensions
Wing span, m 11.68
Length, m 9.96
Height, m 3.84
Powerplant
V-1710-93 Allison, hp 1325
Weight, kg:
Empty weight 2892
Maximum takeoff weight 4763
Performance
Maximum speed, km/h 660
Service ceiling, m 3540
Photo Description

Drawing P-63C-5 . Front, side and top-bottom combined .

P-63

P-63

P-63

References

  • "Encyclopedia of military engineering" /Aerospace Publising/
  • "American Warplanes of World War II" /under cor. David Donald/

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