P-63C-5 (France)

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▄P-63C-5 Kingcobra
p-63c-5_france.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
4.7/4.0/4.0BR
FighterClass
1 personCrew
3.5 tEmpty weight
4.8 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
12 500 mCeiling
sec27.5/27.5/23.0Turn Time
km/hStalling speed
Allison V-1710-117Engine
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
50 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
190 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png5 680 / 7 321/5 499 / 7 088/1 940 / 2 500Repair
55 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
190 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
700 Ge icon.pngAces
x 1.54 Rp icon.pngReward for battle
Msg-info.png This page is about the aircraft P-63C-5 (France). For other uses, see P-63 (Disambiguation)

Description

GarageImage P-63C-5France.jpg


The ▄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 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.

General info

Flight Performance

Characteristics
Stock
Max Speed
(km/h at ?,000 m)
Max altitude
(meters)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run
(meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
 ?  ?  ?,000  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ???
Upgraded
Max Speed
(km/h at ?,000 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run (meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
 ?  ?  ?,000  ??.?  ??.?  ?.?  ?.?  ?

Details

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

Survivability and 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.

Armaments

Offensive armament

The P-63C-5 (France) is armed with:

  • 1 x 37 mm M4 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, nose-mounted (200 RPG = 400 total)

The four machine guns are arranged in bundles of two mounted, all mounted in the nose of the aircraft. The 37 mm M4 cannon is mounted inside the propeller shaft and fires through the propeller hub.

Suspended armament

Main article: AN-M64A1 (500 lb)

The P-63C-5 (France) can be outfitted with the following ordinance:

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

Usage in the battles

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.

Boom and Zooming 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.

Manual Engine Control

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

Modules

Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I
II
III
IV

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

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France fighters
Dewoitine  D.371 · D.371 H.S.9 · D.373 · D.500 · D.501 · Pallier's D.510 · D.520
Morane-Saulnier  M.S.405C1 · M.S.406C1 · M.S.410
Arsenal  V.G.33C-1
Bloch  M.B.157
Caudron  C.R.714
Twin-engine  Potez 630 · Potez 631 · S.O.8000 Narval
American  H-75A-1 · H-75A-4 · ▄F6F-5 Hellcat · ▄F6F-5N · ▄P-63C-5 Kingcobra · F4U-7 Corsair · ▄F8F-1B Bearcat
Other countries  ▄Yak-3 · Challe's ▄Yak-9T · NC.900