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  Notes  

 
 
 

BELL  P-63A  Kingcobra

 
The story which didn't happen ... outside Atlantic Air Combat
 
 
  See also : AAC Data Sheet
 
 
Illustrations : P39L in AAC
 
 
Illustrations : P63A in AAC
 
 
See also : P-39L Airacobra  
     

Preamble
Contrary to other WWII aircrafts, the Bell fighter didn't export much, at least not as much as the P-51D Mustang, the P-47D Thunderbolt, the Supermarine Spitfire or even the Messerchmitt Me109.   Still, several countries did fly either the P-39 or the P-63 after the war, not as late as the early sixties naturally, but nevertheless well into the fifties : 
  

P63C France used them operationally in Indochina up to 1951, with a few airframes flown in France up to 1961

P39L Portugal interned several Airacobras during the war, among them a few RAF P400, and flew them up to 1950 - they will be referred here as "P-39L"

P63E Honduras used them up to the early 1950s at least

P39_ USSR kept them after the end of WWII, up to the outbreak of the Korean War (most rearmed with Soviet guns)

P63A USSR probably a similar fate than with the P39s
  
As detailed below, there are naturally differences between the various iterations of the P-39 and P-63 used post-war.   However, AAC will restrict itself to two variants called P-39L, standing for the P-400 and P-39L used by the Portuguese Air Force and the many P-39 variants used by the USSR, and P-63A, standing for the aircrafts used by France, Honduras and the USSR.  Within AAC these two aircrafts will almost be identical, essentially differing by their armament, with some of their data being cheated (engine data is from the 1710-111 equipping the P-38L).  Both will have a recce (photo-reconnaissance) capability
  Var L W H Engine
Power
Prop Weight
Empty
Weight
Combat
Weight
MTOW
Speed
Max
ALT
Climb
Gun 1
Nose
Gun 2
Nose
Gun 3
Wings
Fuel
gal
Pylon
Fusel
Pylon
Wings
HVAR
Wings

  P-39L 32'08" 39'02" 12'09" V1710
1425.hp
1800.hp

11'07"
5645.lb 7600.lb 9100.lb 327.kn 32100
2631
1xHS
60rpg
2xANM2
200rpg
4xANM1
1000rpg
100gal
-
500.lb
141gal
2x500.lb
2x54gal
6xAR5


  P-63E 32'08" 39'02" 12'09" V1710
1425.hp
1800.hp

11'07"
7300.lb 9400.lb 11200.lb 356.kn 43000
3289
1xM10
58rpg
2xANM2
270rpg
2xANM2
200rpg
130gal
500.lb
141gal
2x500.lb
2x54gal
6xAR5
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Temporary Note
To use when building up the DataSheet
 Take off gound run : 2250 ft
 Stall speed flaps up :   91 kn
 Stall speed flaps down :   78 kn
 Landing speed :   83 kn
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Historical Data

Account is not taken of the amount of airframes transferred to USSR during WWII, with only the P-63A10 being mentioned as such.  This is historically incorrect naturally but of little interest as far as AAC is concerned

Several airframes were modified into reconnaissance fighters - the variant reference is highlighted.

Regarding armament, the various gun types should be read as follows.  Early variants had nose rather than wing mounted .30cal machine guns

 

M4

37mm cannon

HS

20mm cannon HS404

ANM1

.30cal machine gun

 

M10

37mm cannon

M1

20mm cannon

ANM2

.50cal machine gun

Qty Var L W H Engine
Power
Prop Weight
Empty
Weight
Combat
Weight
MTOW
Speed
Max
ALT
Climb
Gun 1
Nose
Gun 2
Nose
Gun 3
Wings
Fuel
gal
Pylon
Fusel
Pylon
Wings
HVAR
Wings
20 P-39C 29'09" 34'00" = V1710.35
1150.hp
- 5070.lb 7075.lb 7300.lb 329.kn 33200
3077
1xM4
15rpg
2xANM2
200rpg
2xANM1
500rpg
141gal - - -
60 P-39D 30'02" 34'00" 11'10" V1710.35
1150.hp

10'05"
5462.lb 7500.lb 8200.lb 320.kn 32100
2631
1xM4
30rpg
2xANM2
200rpg
4xANM1
1000rpg
100gal
-
500.lb
146gal
- -
394 P-39D 30'02" 34'00" 11'10" V1710.35
1150.hp

10'05"
5462.lb 7500.lb 8200.lb 320.kn 32100
2631
1xM4
30rpg
2xANM2
200rpg
4xANM1
1000rpg
100gal
-
500.lb
146gal
- -
675 P400 30'02" 34'00" 11'10" V1710.35
1150.hp

10'05"
5462.lb 7845.lb 8200.lb 308.kn 24000
1333
1xHS
60rpg
2xANM2
200rpg
4xANM1
1000rpg
100gal
-
500.lb
74gal
- -
(15) P400 30'02" 34'00" 11'10" V1710.35
1150.hp

10'05"
5462.lb 7845.lb 8200.lb 308.kn 24000
1333
1xHS
60rpg
2xANM2
200rpg
4xANM1
1000rpg
100gal
-
500.lb
74gal
- -
336 P-39D1 30'02" 34'00" 11'10" V1710.35
1150.hp

10'05"
5462.lb 7845.lb 8200.lb 313.kn 32100
2631
1xM1
60rpg
2xANM2
200rpg
4xANM1
1000rpg
100gal
-
- - -
158 P-39D2 30'02" 34'00" 11'10" V1710.35
1150.hp

10'05"
5462.lb 7845.lb 8200.lb 313.kn 32100
2631
1xM4
30rpg
2xANM2
200rpg
4xANM1
1000rpg
100gal
-
500.lb
111gal
- -
(37) P-39D3 30'02" 34'00" 11'10" V1710.35
1150.hp

10'05"
5462.lb 7845.lb 8200.lb 313.kn 32100
2631
1xM1
60rpg
2xANM2
200rpg
4xANM1
1000rpg
100gal
-
- - -
204 P-39F 30'02" 34'00" 11'10" V1710.35
1150.hp

10'05"
5462.lb 7500.lb 8200.lb 313.kn 32100
2631
1xM4
30rpg
2xANM2
200rpg
4xANM1
1000rpg
100gal
-
500.lb
111gal
- -
(27) P-39F2 30'02" 34'00" 11'10" V1710.35
1150.hp

10'05"
5462.lb 7500.lb 8200.lb 313.kn 32100
2631
1xM4
30rpg
2xANM2
200rpg
4xANM1
1000rpg
100gal
-
500.lb
111gal
- -
25 P-39J 30'02" 34'00" 11'10" V1710.35
1150.hp

10'05"
5462.lb 7500.lb 8200.lb 313.kn 32100
2631
1xM4
30rpg
2xANM2
200rpg
4xANM1
1000rpg
100gal
-
500.lb
111gal
- -
210 P-39K 30'02" 34'00" 11'10" V1710.63
1325.hp

10'05"
6262.lb 7500.lb 8200.lb 313.kn 32100
2631
1xM4
30rpg
2xANM2
200rpg
4xANM1
1000rpg
100gal
-
500.lb
111gal
- -
(6) P-39K2 30'02" 34'00" 11'10" V1710.63
1325.hp

10'05"
6262.lb 7500.lb 8200.lb 313.kn 32100
2631
1xM4
30rpg
2xANM2
200rpg
4xANM1
1000rpg
100gal
-
500.lb
111gal
- -
250 P-39L 30'02" 34'00" 11'10" V1710.63
1325.hp

10'05"
6262.lb 7500.lb 9100.lb 313.kn 32100
2631
1xM4
30rpg
2xANM2
200rpg
4xANM1
1000rpg
100gal
-
500.lb
111gal
- 6xAR5
(4) P-39L 30'02" 34'00" 11'10" V1710.63
1325.hp

10'05"
6262.lb 7500.lb 9100.lb 313.kn 32100
2631
1xM4
30rpg
2xANM2
200rpg
4xANM1
1000rpg
100gal
-
500.lb
111gal
- 6xAR5
(11) P-39L2 30'02" 34'00" 11'10" V1710.63
1325.hp

10'05"
6262.lb 7500.lb 9100.lb 313.kn 32100
2631
1xM4
30rpg
2xANM2
200rpg
4xANM1
1000rpg
100gal
-
500.lb
111gal
- 6xAR5
240 P-39M 30'02" 34'00" 11'10" V1710.67
1200.hp

11'01"
6262.lb 7500.lb 9100.lb 321.kn 32100
2631
1xM4
30rpg
2xANM2
200rpg
4xANM1
1000rpg
100gal
-
500.lb
111gal
- 6xAR5
(8) P-39M2 30'02" 34'00" 11'10" V1710.67
1200.hp

11'01"
6262.lb 7500.lb 9100.lb 321.kn 32100
2631
1xM4
30rpg
2xANM2
200rpg
4xANM1
1000rpg
100gal
-
500.lb
111gal
- 6xAR5
2095 P-39N 30'02" 34'00" 11'10" V1710.85
1200.hp

11'07"
6262.lb 7500.lb 8750.lb 321.kn 32100
2631
1xM4
30rpg
2xANM2
200rpg
4xANM1
1000rpg
72gal
-
500.lb
111gal
- 6xAR5
4905 P-39Q 30'02" 34'00" 12'05" V1710.85
1200.hp

11'07"
5645.lb 7600.lb 9100.lb 327.kn 32100
2631
1xM4
30rpg
2xANM2
200rpg
2xANM2
300rpg
100gal
-
500.lb
111gal
- 6xAR5
3 XP63 32'08" 38'04" 11'05" V1710.47
1350.hp
=
6054.lb 7545.lb 10000.lb 354.kn 43000
2500
1xM4
30rpg
2xANM2
200rpg
- 100gal
-
- - -
1 XP63A 32'08" 38'04" 11'05" V1710.93
1325.hp
1500.hp
6054.lb 7545.lb 10000.lb 354.kn 43000
2500
1xM4
30rpg
2xANM2
270rpg
2xANM2
250rpg
100gal
-
- - -
50 P-63A1 32'08" 38'04" 11'05" V1710.93
1325.hp
1500.hp
6054.lb 7545.lb 10000.lb 354.kn 43000
3424
1xM4
30rpg
2xANM2
270rpg
2xANM2
250rpg
100gal
-
500.lb
65gal
- -
20 P-63A5 32'08" 38'04" 11'05" V1710.93
1325.hp
1500.hp
6054.lb 7545.lb 10000.lb 354.kn 43000
3424
1xM4
30rpg
2xANM2
270rpg
2xANM2
250rpg
100gal
-
500.lb
65gal
- -
130 P-63A6 32'08" 38'04" 11'05" V1710.93
1325.hp
1500.hp
6054.lb 7545.lb 10000.lb 354.kn 43000
3424
1xM4
30rpg
2xANM2
270rpg
2xANM2
250rpg
100gal
-
500.lb
141gal
2x500.lb
2x65gal
-
150 P-63A7 32'08" 38'04" 11'05" V1710.93
1325.hp
1500.hp
6054.lb 7545.lb 10000.lb 354.kn 43000
3424
1xM4
30rpg
2xANM2
270rpg
2xANM2
250rpg
100gal
-
500.lb
141gal
2x500.lb
2x54gal
-
200 P-63A8 32'08" 38'04" 11'05" V1710.93
1325.hp
1800.hp
6054.lb 7545.lb 10000.lb 362.kn 43000
3424
1xM4
30rpg
2xANM2
270rpg
2xANM2
200rpg
100gal
-
500.lb
141gal
2x500.lb
2x54gal
-
450 P-63A9 32'08" 38'04" 11'05" V1710.93
1325.hp
1800.hp
6054.lb 7545.lb 10000.lb 362.kn 43000
3424
1xM10
58rpg
2xANM2
270rpg
2xANM2
200rpg
100gal
-
500.lb
141gal
2x500.lb
2x54gal
-
825 P-63A10 32'08" 38'04" 12'07" V1710.93
1325.hp
1800.hp
6375.lb 8800.lb 10500.lb 362.kn 43000
3424
1xM10
58rpg
2xANM2
270rpg
2xANM2
200rpg
100gal
-
500.lb
141gal
2x500.lb
2x54gal
6xAR5
1227 P-63C 32'08" 38'04" 12'07" V1710.117
1325.hp
1800.hp
6375.lb 8800.lb 10500.lb 356.kn 38800
2907
1xM10
58rpg
2xANM2
270rpg
2xANM2
200rpg
107gal
-
500.lb
141gal
2x500.lb
2x54gal
6xAR5
(114) P-63C 32'08" 38'04" 12'07" V1710.117
1325.hp
1800.hp
6375.lb 8800.lb 10500.lb 356.kn 38800
2907
1xM10
58rpg
2xANM2
270rpg
2xANM2
200rpg
107gal
-
500.lb
141gal
2x500.lb
2x54gal
6xAR5
1 P-63D 32'08" 39'02" 11'02" V1710.109
1425.hp
1800.hp
7076.lb 8740.lb 11000.lb 380.kn 39000
2500
1xM9E1
48rpg
2xANM2
270rpg
2xANM2
200rpg
107gal
-
500.lb
141gal
2x500.lb
2x54gal
6xAR5
13 P-63E 32'08" 39'02" 12'09" V1710.109
1425.hp
1800.hp
7300.lb 9400.lb 11200.lb 356.kn 43000
3289
1xM10
58rpg
2xANM2
270rpg
2xANM2
200rpg
130gal
500.lb
141gal
2x500.lb
2x54gal
6xAR5
(5) P-63E 32'08" 39'02" 12'09" V1710.109
1425.hp
1800.hp
7300.lb 9400.lb 11200.lb 356.kn 43000
3289
1xM10
58rpg
2xANM2
270rpg
2xANM2
200rpg
130gal
500.lb
141gal
2x500.lb
2x54gal
6xAR5
2 P-63F 32'08" 39'02" 12'09" V1710.135
1425.hp
1800.hp
7300.lb 9400.lb 11200.lb 356.kn 43000
3289
1xM10
58rpg
2xANM2
270rpg
2xANM2
200rpg
130gal
500.lb
141gal
2x500.lb
2x54gal
6xAR5
30 P-63G 32'08" 39'02" 12'09" V1710.135
1425.hp
1800.hp
7300.lb 9400.lb 11200.lb 356.kn 43000
3289
1xM10
58rpg
2xANM2
270rpg
2xANM2
200rpg
130gal
500.lb
141gal
2x500.lb
2x54gal
6xAR5
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