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REPUBLIC P-43

Posted 11/2/2009 Printable Fact Sheet
 
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Republic P-43A-1 (S/N 41-31449). (U.S. Air Force photo)
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The P-43 was a direct successor of the P-35 along with the XP-41 in parallel development. The P-43 was originally designed with large streamlined cowling similar to the XP-42 and suffered the same cooling problems, so the design was modified to standard radial engine cowling with the turbo-supercharger air inlet located aft of the wing.

Although 272 P-43s were built in various models, the aircraft was out-performed by the leading aircraft in Europe just before the outbreak of World War II and never saw combat with the U.S. Army Air Corps.


Type Number built/
converted
Remarks
YP-43 13 Prototype P-43
P-43 54 Improved YP-43; 54 built
P-43A 80 Improved P-43
P-43A-1 125 Improved P-43A; four .50-cal mgs.
P-43B 150 (cv) 150 P-43 and P-43A converted for reconnaissance
P-43C 2 (cv) Two P-43A converted for reconnaissance
P-43D Unknown Reserved for reconnaissance conversion
P-43E Unknown Reserved for reconnaissance conversion


TECHNICAL NOTES (P-43A):

Armament: Two .30-cal. and two .50-cal. machine guns
Engine: Pratt & Whitney R-1830-49 of 1,200 hp
Maximum speed: 355 mph
Range: 800 miles (218 gal.)
Span: 36 ft. 0 in.
Length: 28 ft. 6 in.
Height: 14 ft. 0 in.
Weight: 5,730 lbs. empty/7,300 lbs. gross

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