North American NA-50 / NA-68 / P-64

Specifications

1st Flight 1939

Crew: 1

Length: 27 ft 0 in (8.23 m)

Wingspan: 37 ft 3 in (11.35 m)

Height: 9 ft 0 in (2.74 m)

Wing area: 228 sq ft (21.2 m2)

Empty weight: 4,660 lb (2,114 kg)

Gross weight: 5,990 lb (2,717 kg)

Max takeoff weight: 6,800 lb (3,084 kg)

Fuel capacity: 170 US gal (140 imp gal; 640 L)

Powerplant: 1 × Wright R-1820-77 nine-cylinder air-cooled radial engine, 870 hp (650 kW)

Performance

Maximum speed: 270 mph (430 km/h, 230 kn) at 8,700 ft (2,700 m)

Cruise speed: 235 mph (378 km/h, 204 kn)

Range: 630 mi (1,010 km, 550 nmi)

Service ceiling: 27,500 ft (8,400 m)

Armament

Guns:

2 × .30 in (7.62 mm) machine guns

2 × 20 mm cannons (Located in pods beneath each wing)

Bombs: 750 lb (340 kg) bombs

Variants

The North American P-64 was the designation assigned by the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC) to the North American Aviation NA-68 fighter, an upgraded variant of the NA-50 developed during the late 1930s.

Seven NA-50s were purchased by the Peruvian Air Force, which nicknamed it Torito (“Little Bull”).

Six NA-68s ordered by the Royal Thai Air Force were seized before export by the US government in 1941, after the Franco-Thai War and growing ties between Thailand and the Empire of Japan.

These aircraft were used by the USAAC as unarmed fighter trainers.

The Peruvian NA-50s subsequently saw action during the Ecuadorian–Peruvian War of 1941.

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