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Bell P-63 Kingcobra

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Bell P-63 Kingcobra

  Although it looked like a P-39 with a reshapen tail, the P-63 was an entirely reworked aircraft of different design. The lessons learned from the P-39 were utilized in this aircraft. However, because of the surge in technology that the war had rbought about, once the P-63 was completed and began production, it had become obsolete.  It never saw action for the United States. Over two-thirds of the P-63s produced went to the Soviet Union, and the Russians found the P-63s to be just as wonderful as the P-39s in tank busting and other ground attack purposes. Many of the American P-63s ended up in Operation Pinball, which used P-63s with a pilot flying the aircraft, with heavy armor, as flying live targets for recruits to practise their gunnery on.

Bell P-63 Kingcobra

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