P-63A-10

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P-63A-10 Kingcobra
p-63a-10.png
Cockpit
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
4.7/4.0/4.0BR
FighterClass
1 personCrew
3.4 tEmpty weight
4.8 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
12 200 mCeiling
sec27.5/27.5/23.0Turn Time
km/hStalling speed
Allison V-1710-93Engine
InlineType
waterCooling system
Speed of destruction
887 km/hStructural
304 km/hGear
Offensive armament
37 mm M10 cannonWeapon 1
58 roundsAmmunition
164 shots/minFire rate
4 х 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gunWeapon 2
900 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
3 х 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombSetup 1
Economy
36 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
140 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png5 310 / 6 844/4 640 / 5 980/1 580 / 2 036Repair
39 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
140 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
590 Ge icon.pngAces
x 1.48 Rp icon.pngReward for battle
This page is about the American fighter P-63A-10. For other uses, see P-63 (Family).

Description

GarageImage P-63A-10.jpg


The P-63A-10 Kingcobra is a rank III American fighter with a battle rating of 4.0 (AB/RB) and 4.7 (SB). This fighter has been in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.27.

General info

Flight Performance

This aircraft is a good all altitude fighter. The P-63A-10 can out-climb most of its opponents, un-upgraded, although "side-climbing" is recommended when the higher altitudes are reached. Its straight line speed, especially at higher altitudes, is respectable, competing with Bf 109s of the rank. This aircraft has a poor turn-time at slower speeds, but as with most US aircraft, its high-speed performance is significantly better than the aircraft it faces (except perhaps the I-185), making it a good Boom & Zoom aircraft. Tactically, the aircraft is good for small dives against turn-fighting opponents on the tail of your allies, from around 1,000 m or less above the target. Keeping any "side-climbers" down is normally good since the speed and rate of climb allow the P-63 to catch these planes and send them back down.

Characteristics
Stock
Max Speed
(km/h at 5,650 m)
Max altitude
(meters)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run
(meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
628 614 12,200 24.1 24.5 17.1 19.2 289
Upgraded
Max Speed
(km/h at 5,650 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run (meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
701 650 12,200 22.5 23.0 30.0 22.2 289

Details

Features
Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
X X
Limits
Wing-break speed
(km/h)
Gear limit
(km/h)
Combat flap
(km/h)
Max Static G
+ -
901 300 480 ~15 ~7
Optimal velocities
Ailerons
(km/h)
Rudder
(km/h)
Elevators
(km/h)
Radiator
(km/h)
< 430 < 430 < 419 > 250
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
7,000 m 1,100 hp 1,705 hp

Survivability and armour

  • 15.87 mm Steel - Plates x 2, lower fore cockpit
  • 19.05 mm Steel - Plate, upper fore cockpit
  • 12.7 mm Steel - Plate behind pilot's seat
  • 12.7 mm Steel - Plate protecting oil cooling system
  • 38 mm Bulletproof glass - Windscreen

Armaments

Offensive armament

The P-63A-10 is armed with:

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

The improved 37 mm gun improves damage to aircraft since the 4 x 12.7 mm Brownings are not greatly powerful at the higher ranks- the 37 mm gun compliments the 12.7 mm machine guns as a good bomber hunter, combined with the sleek profile of the aircraft.

Suspended armament

Main article: AN-M64A1 (500 lb)

The P-63A-10 can be configured with the following ordinance:

  • Without load
  • 3 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs (1,500 lb total)

Usage in battles

An interceptor in any respect. Unlike most American designs the Kingcobra lacks heavy payload for ground attack duties. While the 37 mm can load anti-tank rounds, the plane will lose its excellent anti-air HE shells. Of course, the 12.7 heavy machine guns can be used against planes, in a ground attack role they are rather used on soft targets, as the AP shell lacks high-explosive damage radius to deal with AAA & SPAA quickly. The AP shells also require more accuracy while shooting and thus are inferior to the .50 cal Brownings on range e.g. with the HMG effective fire against light targets is possible from 600 m, but with the 37 mm AP shells, this needs to be reduced to 400 m.

The aircraft is not intended, nor should be used, as a ground attack vehicle, since it can only carry three, 500 lb bombs, which is a respectable amount, but the ammunition count for the 12.7 mm guns is not great, 250 rpg. The 37 mm gun can be used as ground attack, although this tactic isn't preferred by some as it reduces the ammo count as a whole for the aircraft, which is one of its limiting factors in combat.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Not controllable Not controllable Not controllable Separate Not controllable Not controllable

Modules

Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage Repair Radiator Offensive 12 mm
II Compressor Airframe New 12 mm MGs FMBC mk.1
III Wings Repair Engine Offensive 37 mm
IV Engine Injection Cover New 37 mm Cannons

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Good horizontal speed and acceleration
  • Excellent dive speed
  • Excellent performance under high speed
  • Good rate of climb
  • Good turn radius
  • Decent energy retention
  • 37 mm cannon can chew bombers easily
  • 37 mm default belt is made up of all HE shells, suited for air targets
  • 37 mm shells are deadly against anything flying and open-topped vehicles and SPAAs
  • No fuel tank in the fuselage
  • Good armament at closer ranges
  • Can carry an impressive 1500 lbs worth of bombs if the need arises
  • Has an unlockable camouflage that doesn't attack too much attention unlike its default camouflage
  • Works incredibly well with individual weapon controls; first spray your target with the .50 cal, then finish it off with the 37 mm when close enough
  • Almost double the amount of 37 mm shells compared to previous iterations of Bell aircraft

Cons:

  • Poor turn time at lower speeds
  • Control surfaces lock up at higher speeds, often resulting in crashing since the dive angle is too steep
  • Large difference in trajectory between 37 mm and 12.7 mm, limiting the opportunities at which the firepower of both can be utilized
  • 37 mm cannot penetrate tank armour even at optimal angles with APT shells
  • 37 mm projectiles have extremely low muzzle velocity and accuracy
  • 37 mm ammo belts selection doesn't really offer anything in particular, especially lacking in a pure AP composition
  • .50 cal ammo count somehow feels inadequate
  • Attacking bombers yields a high risk exposing yourself into gunner fire because you have to get close to be effective with the 37 mm
  • Wings are littered with fuel tanks and easily set ablaze
  • When being chased, the engine is susceptible to damage which can be fatal
  • Energy retention is less than average, so a higher combat-entry speed required to escape safely
  • Low altitude performance is less than average, although the flat out speed makes up for this a little
  • Default paint scheme makes the aircraft visible at a longer distance

History

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In-game description

Bell P-63A-6/A-7/A-8/A-9/A-10 Kingcobra Army Fighter

The A-6 series introduced two additional multipurpose pylons under the wings, which could hold two 500-lb (227-kg) bombs or two additional fuel tanks with a capacity of 75 gallons (284 liters). To provide the extra space needed, the Colt-Browning M2.5 12.7mm machine guns in the wings had their ammunition reduced from 250 to 200 rounds per gun. To reduce the risk of the plane going into a flat spin, the shape of the elevator fin was changed, and its area was reduced. A total of 130 A-6 aircraft were built.

During operation, the A-1, A-5, and A-6 aircraft exhibited a strain in the skin of their wings, so the A-7 series (150 planes) featured a thicker lining and reinforced structure. The fighter also had difficulty when exiting a dive or performing vertical maneuvers. This was partially countered by installing a counterbalance in the elevator control system and by increasing the area of the elevator fin. The problem was completely eliminated only by the time modification C was released.

The A-8 series (200 aircraft) had the Allison V-1710 engine, equipped with a water-methanol mixture direct-injection afterburner which could be used to briefly increase engine power to 1800 hp. Also, the airplane was fitted with an improved propeller (the Aeroproducts A6425-D3), an N-6 camera was installed, and the aircraft's armor was upgraded to 85.5 kilograms.

The A-9 series (445 aircraft) had its armament strengthened at the request of the Red Army Air Force. A Colt-Browning M10 37mm cannon was installed. The new gun featured improved ballistics and 58 more rounds of ammunition per gun. To make space for this change, the ammunition for the fuselage guns was reduced to 250 rounds each. In addition, 5 kg of armor were added when the pilot's seat was upgraded.

The A-10 series (730 aircraft) received new N-9 sights. The mass of the aircraft's armor had reached 121 kg, and the aircraft could carry 6 unguided rockets.

As the improved P-63A was being delivered to the Soviet Union, priority shifted to supplying the eastern armies preparing for military action against Japan. During the campaign of August 1945 in the Far East, the P-63 was used to escort bombers and reconnaissance aircraft as well as to cover troops from the air and attack Japanese encampments.

From October 1943 to December 1944, Bell Aircraft produced a total of 1,725 P-63A fighter aircraft, after which the design was replaced by the C modification.

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See also

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