Specifications for the
Bell P-63 Kingcobra
Focus Model: Bell P-63C Kingcobra
Country of Origin: United States
Manufacturer: Bell Aircraft Corporation - USA
Initial Year of Service: 1943
Production Total: 3,303
Length: 32.81 ft (10 m)
Width: 38.39 ft (11.70 m)
Height: 12.47ft (3.80 m)
Weight (Empty): 6,834 lb (3,100 kg)
Weight (MTOW): 8,818 lb (4,000 kg)
Powerplant: 1 x Allison V-1710-117 liguid-cooled V-12 piston engine developing 1,800 horsepower.
Maximum Speed: 410 mph (660 kmh; 356 kts)
Maximum Range: 450 miles (725 km)
Service Ceiling: 42,979 ft (13,100 m; 8.1 miles)
Rate-of-Climb: 2,500 feet-per-minute (762 m/min)
1 x 37mm cannon in propeller hub
2 x 12.7mm machine guns in nose
2 x 12.7mm machine guns in wings (1 gun each).
Bomb racks under wing and fuselage centerline.
XP-63 - Initial Prototypes based on XP-39E Airacobra; 2 examples produced; laminar flow wing
XP-63A - Improved XP-63 Prototypes; 2 examples produced; fitted with bomb racks.
XP-63B - Proposed "improved" XP-63A prototype; cancelled.
XP-63H - Modified P-63E model with a new engine selection.
P-63A - Initial production models produced in 1 - 10 blocks; 1,726 examples produced.
P-63C - Improved P-63A models; fitted with Allison V-1710-117 engine of 1,500 horsepower with 1,800 horsepower capable through water-injection; decreased wingspan; 1,227 examples produced.
P-63D - Improved P-63; fitted with Allison V-1710-109 engine of 1,425 horsepower; increased wingspan; rear-sliding bubble canopy; 1 example produced; never entered quantitative production.
P-63E - Improved P-63D model with new propeller system and ventral fin extension; 13 examples produced.
P-63F - Improved P-63E with enlarged vertical tail; fitted with Allison V-1710-135 series engine; only 2 examples produced.
RP-63A "Pinball" - Aerial Target Aircraft; 100 examples produced/modified; sans armor and armament; bright orange paint scheme.
RP-63C "Pinball" - Improved RP-63A aerial target models; 200 examples produced/modified; sans armor and armament; bright orange paint scheme.
RP-63G "Pinball" - Aerial Target Aircraft; 32 examples delivered; a further 420 were cancelled; sans armor and armament; bright orange paint scheme.
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