Aircraft Photo of 42-69654 / 269654 | Bell P-63E Kingcobra | USA - Air Force | #56802
Registration / Serial:42-69654
Alternate Serial:269654
Other Marks:IL76
Aircraft Original Type:Bell P-63 Kingcobra
Aircraft Generic Type:Bell P-63 Kingcobra
Aircraft Version:Bell P-63E Kingcobra
C/n (msn):
Operator / Titles:USA - Air Force
City / Airport:Dayton - Wright-Patterson AFB / Wright AFB (closed)Map
Region / Country:Ohio, United States
Airport Codes:ICAO: -   IATA: -   Local: DWF   Other: -
Collection:National Museum of the US Air Force
Photo Date:19 August 2013
Photo by:Alastair T. Gardiner
Photo ID: 56802
Photo Comment

This P-63 is in reality 43-11728 but is on display at the National Museum of the USAF painted in the unusual colour scheme of a 'pinball' RP-63A. Aerial gunnery students fired at these manned target aircraft (RP-63A and RP-63C) using .30-cal. lead and plastic frangible machine gun bullets which disintegrated harmlessly against the target's external armor plating. Special instruments sent impulses to red lights in the nose of the 'pinball' aircraft, causing them to blink if a hit was registered.

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