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P-63A-5 Kingcobra
General characteristics
1 personCrew
4.8 tTake-off weight
3.62 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
12 200 mCeiling
Allison V-1710-93Engine
waterCooling system
Speed of destruction
887 km/hStructural
304 km/hGear
Offensive armament
37 mm M4 cannonWeapon 1
30 roundsAmmunition
146 shots/minFire rate
4 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gunWeapon 2
1 040 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
1 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombSetup 1
26 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
100 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png3 470 / 4 472/4 500 / 5 800/1 420 / 1 830Repair
29 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
100 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
500 Ge icon.pngAces
142 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
390 % Sl icon.png340 % Sl icon.png110 % Sl icon.png
Msg-info.png This page is about the aircraft P-63A-5. For other uses, see P-63 (Disambiguation)


GarageImage P-63A-5.jpg

The P-63A-5 Kingcobra is a Rank III American fighter with a battle rating of 3.7 (AB/RB/SB).

General info

Flight Performance

Max Speed
(km/h at 6,850 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
618 598 12 200 22.0 22.7 16.1 16.1 289
Max Speed
(km/h at 6,850 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
Take-off run (meters)
671 640 12 200 20.3 21.0 24.1 19.6 289


Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flap
Max Static G
+ -
887 304 480 ~15 ~7
Optimal velocities
< 430 < 430 < 419 > 250
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
6,600 m 1,170 hp 1,486 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


Offensive armament

The P-63A-5 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)

Suspended armament

Main article: AN-M64A1 (500 lb)

The P-63A-5 can be configured with the following ordinance:

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

Usage in the battles

This aircraft is a good all-altitude fighter. The A-10 can out-climb most of its opponents, un-upgraded, although "sideclimbing" is recommended when the higher altitudes are reached. Its straight line speed, especially at higher altitudes, is respectable, competing with 109s of the tier. 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, making it a good "boom and zoom" aircraft. The improved 37mm gun improves damage to aircraft, since the 4 x 12.7mm Brownings are not greatly powerful at the higher tiers- the 37mm gun compliments the 12.7mms as a good bomber hunter, combined with the sleek profile of the aircraft. The aircraft is not intended, nor should be used, as a ground attack vehicle, since it can only carry one, 500lbs bomb and the ammunition count for the 12.7 mm guns is not great, 250 rpg- the 37mm 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. Tactically, the aircraft is good for small dives against turn-fighting opponents on the tail of your allies, from around 1000m 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.

An interceptor in any respect. Unlike most american designs the Kingcobra lacks heavy payload for ground attack duties. While the 37mm can load anti-tank rounds, the plane will lose it's 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-exlposive damage radius to deal with AAA & SPAA quickly. The AP shells also require more accuary while shooting and thus are inferior to the .50cal Brownings on range e.g. with the HMG efective fire against light targets is possible from 600m, but with the 37mm AP shells this needs to be reduced to 400m.

Manual Engine Control

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


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


  • Powerful 37mm cannon with 4 12.7mm machine guns as backup.
  • Slightly more powerful engine and better manoeuvrability than the already well performing P-39Q Airacobra
  • Can WEP for a long time without overheating
  • Jack of all trades


  • ...Master of none
  • Limited 37mm ammo
  • Bigger target than the P-39Q
  • Still stuck with the same M4 cannon as the P-39's
  • Slow fire rate for the 37mm cannon
  • 37mm projectiles are still too slow and inaccurate to be reliably effective in a dog fight
  • 37mm projectiles can still not penetrate tank armour even at optimal angles
  • Centre mounted engine has a higher tendency to take damage in pursuits and from diving planes.


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