P-63C-5 (France)

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RANK 5 SWEDEN
SAAB J-29D PACK
▄P-63C-5 Kingcobra
p-63c-5_france.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
4.7/4.0/4.0BR
Class
1 personCrew
4.8 tTake-off weight
3.81 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
12 500 mCeiling
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 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gunWeapon 2
900 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
3 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombSetup 1
Economy
46 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
150 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png4 900 / 6 316/6 420 / 8 275/2 210 / 2 848Repair
43 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
150 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
820 Ge icon.pngAces
160 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
350 % Sl icon.png290 % Sl icon.png110 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the French fighter P-63C-5 (France). For other uses, see P-63 (Family).

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 snipes) offensively.

General info

Flight Performance

It's a good ground attack or air defense aircraft, its 37mm gun is an advantage for ground attack and his engine are good for fetching bomber or boom and zoom on the fighters with this 4 machine guns 12.7, he is really effective.

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
626 609 12 500 24.2 25.1 16.8 16.8 289
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
710 663 12 500 22.3 23.0 29 21.7 289

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
+ -
 ???  ???  ??? ~?? ~?
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 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 Fuselage repair Radiator Offensive 12.7 mm
II Compressor Airframe New 12 mm MGs
III Wings repair Engine Offensive 37 mm FMBC mk.1
IV Engine injection Cover New 37 mm cannons

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 rank aircraft
  • Prone to engine damage when being chased

History

The french Air Force received approximately 112 P-63 C "Kingcobra" aircraft, and a few groups were fitted with them. The Kingcobra were not delivered until after the end of the second war and therefore did not participate in the fighting, but subsequently they were used in Indochina where they were often transferred from one unit to another, being often left behind by units returning to mainland France.

When the Indochina War broke out, plans were made to use the Kingcobra, but the planes had been delivered for their use in France and it was necessary to obtain the American's agreement to send them to Indochina. This is why the Kingcobra did not arrive in Indochina until 1949.

The Kingcobra will be operational in Indochina at the end of August 1949 where 48 aircraft will be delivered.

The transferred units were:

- The GC I / 5 Vendée which will become the GM III / 6 Roussillon,

- The GC II / 5 Ile-de-France,

- GC II / 6 Normandie-Niemen.

Media

Excellent additions to the article would be video guides, screenshots from the game, and photos.

See also

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  • reference to the series of the aircraft;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links

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  • encyclopedia page on the aircraft;
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