From: Vienna, Austria
That is a usual mistaken perception of P63 and P39 use by Soviets, it was employed as a fighter not as a ground attack aircraft. For that propose they had Il-2 and variants.
Also if it is an heavier variant it shouldn't have the same performance levels.
The 39 was used as low level interceptor by the SU, but the P-63 was not.
The P-63A-10 was mainly employed in the ground attack role, with the A-10 being fitted with additional armor and hardpoints for rockets.
The P-63A-10 shows similar performance figures as in game, and suggests a highly armored and rugged design.
Just one of many examples:
"After refueling, the would be flown to Truax Field in Madison, Wisconsin where Soviet ferry pilots (usually women) would pick them up and fly them to Edmonton, Anchorage and then across the Bering Straits to the Soviet Union. The Russians used the Kingcobra primarily for close-support and ground strafing. The Kingcobra had a relatively good low-altitude performance and had the ability to absorb a lot of battle damage and still remain flying. It proved to be a potent ground attack aircraft and tank-buster, but it never received the amount of attention in the Soviet Union as did the Ilyushin Il-2 Shturmovik. "
"Specification of P-63A-10:
Engine: One Allison V-1710-93 twelve-cylinder Vee liquid cooled engine with a single-stage supercharger and auxiliary hydraulic turbosupercharger, rated at 1325 hp at sea level and 1150 hp at 22,400 feet. Performance: Maximum speed was 361 mph at 5000 feet, 392 mph at 15,000 feet, and 410 mph at 25,000 feet. An altitude of 25,000 feet could be reached in 7.3 minutes. Service ceiling was 43,000 feet. Ferry range was 2575 miles. Weights were 6375 pounds empty, 8800 pounds loaded, and 10,500 pounds maximum takeoff."
Cited sources on that site:
1. The American Fighter, Enzo Angelucci and Peter Bowers, Orion, 1987.
2. War Planes of the Second World War, William Green, Doubleday, 1964.
3. United States Military Aircraft Since 1909, Gordon Swanborough and Peter M. Bowers, Smithsonian, 1989.
4. P-39 Airacobra In Action, Ernie McDowell, Squadron/Signal Publications, 1980.
5. Bell Cobra Variants-P-39 Airacobra and P-63 Kingcobra, Robert F. Dorr, Wings of Fame, Vol 10, 1998.
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