P-63C-5 Kingcobra

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General info

Nation-fr.png P-63C-5 Kingcobra in the garage.

The Nation-fr.png P-63C-5 Kingcobra is a Rank IV French fighter with a battle rating of 4.0 (AB/RB) and 4.7 (SB). It was introduced in Update 1.73 "Vive la France".

The main purpose, usage and tactics recommendations

General play style

Vehicle characteristics

The aircraft is a high altitude interceptor/ energy fighter, with it's turn radius slightly better than before. The quick dive speed and high energy retention allows the player, with the correct altitude, to engage opponents below numerous times using the high yo-yo method. This aircraft should not be used for ground attacking due to it's average ammo count.

The 37 mm M10 cannon is ridiculously powerful. Aim carefully when firing, and do not fire too quickly, lest your gun jam and you lose your main weapon. A single shot to a wing or fuselage of an enemy plane will be all that it takes to bring it down.

The M2 Brownings are similar to the guns on the Bf-109 spotters. Use them to judge the range for your cannon shot. They are almost useless (except for those lucky pilot kills) offensively.

Tactics

It is recommended to use the P-63 against large fighters and bombers. It is far easier to hit a bomber with the cannon then a small fighter with it.

Head-on attacks are not advisable- the large cannon combined with the relatively weak M2s make for poor head on accuracy. Only engage in head-ons if you are absolutely confident in your aim.

BnZing is also an effective tactic with this plane. It's large cannon makes getting shots while diving relatively easy, and its high climb rate and energy retention can get it to safety.

Bomber hunting is also extremely effective with the P-63, a large bomber is far easier to hit with a massive cannon. A single shot can take off a bomber's wing. However, don't spam the cannon. Keep the delay between shots at a 1-1.5 seconds. Firing too quickly will result in a jam, which makes your plane almost useless offensively.

Specific enemies worth noting

Counter-tactics

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Excellent dive speed
  • Excellent energy retention
  • Better-than-average climb rate
  • Good flat out speed
  • Good cannon damage

Cons:

  • Average turn time
  • Worse-than-average performance at low speeds
  • Ineffective armament against higher tier aircraft
  • Prone to engine damage when being chased

Specifications

Armaments

Offensive armaments

  • 1 x 37 mm M10 cannon, nose-mounted (58 rpg)
  • 2 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine guns, nose-mounted (250 rpg = 500 total)
  • 2 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine guns, nose-mounted (200 rpg = 400 total)

Payloads

  • Without load
  • 3 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs

Armour

  • 38 mm Bulletproof glass in front of pilot.
  • 12.7 mm Steel plate behind pilot's top body.
  • 6.35 mm Steel plates on cockpit doors.
  • 19.05 mm Steel plate behind 37 mm autocannon.
  • 15.87 mm Steel plates in front of pilot's feet.
  • 12.7 mm Steel plate behind engine.

Engine & mobility

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Engine

Name: Allison V-1710-117 12-cylinder inline
  • Cooling type: Water
  • Max power: 1263 hp (Stock), ___ hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 1264 hp (Stock), ___ hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 594 kg
Name: Allison V-1710-117 12-cylinder inline
  • Cooling type: Water
  • Max power: 1250 hp (Stock), ___ hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 1252 hp (Stock), ___ hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 594 kg
Name: Allison V-1710-117 12-cylinder inline
  • Cooling type: Water
  • Max power: 1250 hp (Stock), ___ hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 1252 hp (Stock), ___ hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 594 kg

Stats

Stock
  • Max speed: 640 km/h
    • at height: 4,572 m
  • Max altitude: 12,500 m
  • Turn Time: 24.2 s
  • Rate of Climb: 16.7 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 289 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: ___ km/h
    • at height: 4,572 m
  • Max altitude: 12,500 m
  • Turn Time: _._ s
  • Rate of Climb: _._ m/s
  • Takeoff run: 289 m}}
Stock
  • Max speed: 626 km/h
    • at height: 4,572 m
  • Max altitude: 12,500 m
  • Turn Time: 24.5 s
  • Rate of Climb: 18.8 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 289 m}

Upgraded

  • Max speed: ___ km/h
    • at height: 4,572 m
  • Max altitude: 12,500 m
  • Turn Time: _._ s
  • Rate of Climb: _._ m/s
  • Takeoff run: 289 m
Stock
  • Max speed: 626 km/h
    • at height: 4,572 m
  • Max altitude: 12,500 m
  • Turn Time: 24.5 s
  • Rate of Climb: 18.8 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 289 m}

Upgraded

  • Max speed: ___ km/h
    • at height: 4,572 m
  • Max altitude: 12,500 m
  • Turn Time: _._ s
  • Rate of Climb: _._ m/s
  • Takeoff run: 289 m

Performance

P-63C-5 France/Horsepower graph

Modules and improvements

Initially, the aircraft's flat speed is not fast enough to outrun Fw 190 A and F 8s that it may face, so it's recommended to upgrade engine performance first. Armament, although it won't improve greatly, is the next recommendation considering how underwhelming it may be on some occasions- do this by researching ammo belts, then improvements to the cannon.

History of creation and combat usage

Screenshots and fan art

Skins and camouflages for the ___ from live.warthunder.com.

Additional information (links)

References


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Icon-country-fra.png P-63C-5 Kingcobra
Nation France
Manufacture ??
Design Family
Type
Fighting style

   Metric✓       Imperial   

   Metric       Imperial✓   

Offensive armament
??
Magazine ?? rpg
Mount ??
Ammo ??
?? ??
Magazine ?? rpg
Mount ??
Ammo ??
Characteristics
Empty Weight ~_,___ kg
Empty Weight + fuel ~_,___ kg
Takeoff Weight ~_,___ kg
Wing Area ~__.__ m²
# Flap Positions ??
Number of Engines 1
Airbrakes None installed
Arrestor Gear None installed
Statistics
Power per Engine ___ hp
WEP Duration infinite
top speed ~___.00 kph at _,___ m
Climb Rate ~_._ m/s
Optimal climb velocity ~___.__ kph
Turn Time ~__.__ s
Wing loading (Empty) ~___.__ kg/m²
Characteristics
Empty Weight ~_,___ lb
Empty Weight + fuel ~____ lb
Takeoff Weight ~_,___ lb
Wing Area ~___ ft²
# Flap Positions ??
Number of Engines 1 x ??
Airbrakes None installed
Arrestor Gear None installed
Statistics
Power per Engine ___ hp
WEP Duration infinite
Top speed ~___.00 mph at _,___ m
Climb Rate __.__ ft/s
Optimal climb velocity ~___.__ mph
Turn Time __.00 s
Wing loading (Empty) ~__.__ lb/ft²
Limits
Max Speed limit ___ kph
Gear lmit ___ kph
Max static +G's ~__
Max static -G's ~__
Optimal Velocities
Ailerons <___ kph
Rudder <___ kph
Elevators <___ kph
Radiator >___ kph
Limits
Max Speed limit ___ mph
Gear lmit ___ mph
Max static +G's ~__
Max static -G's ~__
Optimal Velocities
Ailerons <___ mph
Rudder <___ mph
Elevators <___ mph
Radiator >___ mph
Manual Control
Mixer is/is not controllable
Pitch is/is not controllable
no automatic pitch
Radiator (water) is/is not controllable
Radiator (oil) is/is not controllable
Oil and water uses/does not use combined radiator control
Supercharger is/is not controllable
Turbocharger is/is not controllable
Compressor settings 1
Optimal Altitude
____ m
____ ft
100% Enginepower ____ hp
WEP Enginepower ____ hp
Compressor settings 2
Optimal Altitude
____ m
_____ ft
100% Enginepower ____ hp
WEP Enginepower ____ hp
* Warning this is still in the test phase and can be incorrect. Take information with a grain of salt. Last checked 1.77.2.116.