Sun N Fun Warbird Alert: Commemorative Air Force P-63 Kingcobra

This #FighterFriday we’re happy to announce that the Commemorative Air Force Dixie Wing‘s P-63 Kingcobra will be joining us at #SNF18! Have you ever seen a P-63 up close and personal?

Although similar in appearance to the P-39, the P-63 was, in fact, a completely redesigned airplane and only a few parts are interchangeable between the two aircraft. The P-63 was a fast airplane – its performance approaching that of the P-51 – but since the P-51 and P-47 were in full production, about 2,400 of the 3,303 P-63s produced were sent to the Soviet Union under the Lend-Lease act.

Throughout its life, this particular P-63 has served many different roles, from test aircraft to airshow performer. You can read its whole story at the Dixie Wing’s website here: http://dixiewing.org/…/02/History-_CAF_P-63A-6_sn-42-68941.…

 

Photo by Charles Burcher

 

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