Aviation Photo #0577935 Bell P-63E Kingcobra - USA - Air Force

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The most unusual P-63 variations were the RP-63A and RP-63C "pinball" versions developed late in WW II. These manned target aircraft were fired at by aerial gunnery students using .30 caliber lead and plastic frangible machine gun bullets which disintegrated harmlessly against the target's external skin of Duralumin armor plating. Special instruments sent impulses to red lights in the nose of the "pinball" aircraft, causing them to blink when bullets struck the plane. This aircraft mimics RP-63A 42-69654, but is in fact ex USAAF 43-11728.
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    Suresh A. Atapattu
    USA - Air Force
    Bell P-63E Kingcobra
    Bell P-63 Kingcobra
    Bell P-63 Kingcobra
    Dayton - Wright-Patterson AFB (Wright AFB)
    March 7, 2004
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