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Bell TP-63E Kingcobra

The P-63D, a single aircraft with the serial number 43-11718, was equipped with an Allison V-1710-109 (E22) engine, capable of 1,425 hp (1,063 kW).

It featured a wingspan extended by 10 inches (25 cm) to 39 feet 2 inches (11.94 m), increasing the gross area to 255 square feet (23.7 m²), and most notably, it had a rearward-sliding bubble canopy.

The series was cancelled in 1945.

The P-63E is nearly identical to its predecessor, the P-63D, with the only differences being a ventral fin extension and the adoption of a standard cab-style cockpit.

A total of 13 aircraft were manufactured.

Sources

U.S. Experimental & Prototype Aircraft Projects: Fighters 1939–1945-B Norton.

The American Fighter from 1917 to the Present-E Angelucci.

Bell Aircraft Since 1935-A J Pelletier.

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