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P-63 "King Cobra"

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P-63 King Cobra

Bell Aircraft developed the P-63 from the P-39 “Airacobra.” The P-63 resembles the P-39 in appearance but is over two feet longer, has two feet more wingspan, and is higher, faster, and heavier than the P-39. Most P-63s were sent to Russia and the Free French as lend-lease material. This particular version, nicknamed “Pinball,” is heavily armored to protect the pilot and was used in the United States as a piloted air-to-air gunnery target. Gunners in other aircraft fired at these RP-63s with frangible bullets. If hits were scored, red lights in the wing tips of the RP-63 would blink. A total of 332 RP-63 series aircraft were built.

TECHNICAL NOTES:

Manufacturer: Bell Aircraft
Wing Span: 38′ 4″
Length: 32′ 8″
Height: 12′ 7″
Empty Weight: 6,375 lbs
Gross Weight: 10,500 lbs
Quantity Produced: 3,303 (all types)
Speed: 410 mph
Range: 320 miles
Altitude: 38,600′
Powerplant: Allison V17 10-117, 1,325 HP
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