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Bell P-63 Kingcobra

The P-63 Kingcobra was developed from the more famous P-39 Airacobra which it closely resembles.  Both the Airacobra and Kingcobra are distinctive as the engine is located behind the pilot leaving the nose available for a 37mm cannon and two .50 cal machine guns.

The prototype P-63 first flew in late 1941.  Over 3,300 where produced of which 2,400 were sent to the Soviet Union under Lend-Lease. The P-63 was not used by the USAAF in combat.

 
 Specifications (P-63A)
 
Type: Fighter
Engine: one 1,325 hp (988 kW) Allison V-1710-93
 
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page updated 11 February 2008

 

 

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