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BELL  P-63A  KINGCOBRA

The story which didn't happen ... outside Atlantic Air Combat
 

 

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 variant after the war, not as late as the early sixties naturally, but nevertheless well into the fifties : 

P63C were used up to 1951 (operationally in Indochina) with a few airframes flown in France up to 1961
P400 were used up to 1950 (operationally)
P63E were used up to ????
P-39  were used up to ???? after WWII (certainly up to the outbreak of the Korean War, most rearmed with Soviet guns)
P-63  were used up to ???? after WWII (probably a similar fate)
   
The two suggested variants will be :
P-39L in P-39L2 format, standing for the P-400 and P-39L1 used by the Portuguese Air Force and the many P-39 variants used by the USSR
 

20mm HST2 cannon (hub) also standing for the USSR re-gunning their aircraft with a similarly sized gun
 

HVAR rails added
 

recce capacity
P-63A standing for the different P-63 variants used by France, Honduras and the USSR
 

offers the possibility to play with the 37mm main cannon
   

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Engine
Power

-

-

Weight
Empty

Weight
Combat

Weight
MTOW

Speed
Max

ALT
Climb

Gun 1
Nose

Gun 2
Nose

Gun 3
Wings

Fuel
gal

Range
Ferry

Pylon
Fusel

Pylon
Wings

HVAR
Wings

























=

  P-39L

30'02"

34'00"

11'10"

V1710.63
1325.hp

10'05"

6262.lb

7500.lb

9100.lb

313.kn

32100
2631

1xHST2
60rpg

2xANM2
200rpg

4xANM1
1000rpg

100gal
-

=

500.lb
111gal

-

6xAR5


























=

  P-63A

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

     

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

HST2

20mm cannon HS404 mkII)

ANM2

.50cal machine gun

ANM1

.30 machine gun

 

M10

37mm cannon

M1

20mm cannon

 

 

 

(AAC designation for .30cal)

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Engine
Power

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-

Weight
Empty

Weight
Combat

Weight
MTOW

Speed
Max

ALT
Climb

Gun 1
Nose

Gun 2
Nose

Gun 3
Wings

Fuel
gal

Range
Ferry

Pylon
Fusel

Pylon
Wings

HVAR
Wings
























1

  XP39A
XP39B

28'08"
29'09"

35'10"
34'00"

=

V1710.17
1150.hp

-

-

3995.lb
4530.lb

5550.lb
5834.lb

6304.lb

339.kn
326.kn

32000
4000

-

-

-

90gal

-

-

-

-

13

  YP39

29'09"

34'00"

=

V1710.37
1090.hp

-

-

5042.lb

7000.lb

-

320.kn

33300
2739

1xM4
15rpg

2xANM2
200rpg

2xANM1
500rpg

90gal

-

-

-

-

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
-

521nm
956nm

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
-

521nm
956nm

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

1xHST2
60rpg

2xANM2
200rpg

4xANM1
1000rpg

100gal
-

1h35'
-

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

1xHST2
60rpg

2xANM2
200rpg

4xANM1
1000rpg

100gal
-

1h35'
-

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
-

521nm

-

-

-

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
-

521nm

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
-

521nm

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
-

521nm

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
-

521nm

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
-

521nm

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
-

521nm

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
-

521nm

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
-

521nm

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
-

521nm

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
-

521nm

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
-

521nm

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
-

375nm

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
-

521nm

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
-

825nm

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

630nm

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

630nm

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

630nm

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

630nm

500.lb
141gal

2x500.lb
2x54gal

6xAR5

Worth noting:
Take off gound run : 2250 ft

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