Bell P-63B Kingcobra

Last revised September 12, 1999






The P-63B (Model 34) was a proposed version of the Kingcobra to be powered by the Packard Merlin V-1650-5 liquid-cooled engine. However, all of the Packard Merlin engines were urgently needed by the North American P-51 Mustang, and this project was abandoned before anything could be built. The aircraft that had been scheduled to be the prototype for the P-63B series was completed with an Allison engine and redesignated XP-63A

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