P-63 Kingcobra

First flown a year to the day after Pearl Harbor, Bell's P-63 Kingcobra actually shared little with its Airacobra predecessor, save a general resemblance and the same basic V-1710 engine. Although a much more powerful aircraft than the P-39, the P-63 would find no front line home with the USAAF. The USSR, however, would receive thousands, and kept the type in service long enough postwar to receive the NATO codename Fred.

P-63 Bibliography

P-63C color 3-view RAF Flying Review August 1961 p.22

Photo: fuselage of P-63 NL62822 Aeroplane Monthly March 1988 p.131

Flugzeug 1/1990 p.4: photo of RP-63 NL62822

Joel M. Hamm "Kit-Bashing a Kingcobra" Scale Aviation Modeller June 1999 combining the Aoshima and MPM P-63 kits; includes prototype cockpit pictures and walk-around shots of the P-63 preserved at Pima

Photo: P-63A NX75488 Warbirds International July 2000 p.60

Frank T. Cudden "Kingcobra!" Scale Aviation Modeller International December 2002 building the 1/48 Hi-Tech kit

Photo: P-63A N191H Tumbleweed Warbirds International Nov/Dec 2009 p.55

Marshall Wainwright "A Short Career" Warbirds International May/June 2010 A profile of Darryl Greenamyer's heavily modified Kingcobra racer N9009

"CAF coiling a Kingcobra" Aeroplane Winter 2013 p.11 P-63A 42-68941

Bill Gunston Illustrated Encyclopedia of Combat Aircraft of World War II p.198-199: P-63A 3-view, color photo of Soviet Kingcobras, including aircraft 270468 and 270398

Phil Butler Air Arsenal North America: Aircraft for the Allies 1938-1945 - Purchases and Lend-Lease p.111: in-flight view of a French P-63C