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Posted 11/2/2009 Printable Fact Sheet
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North American P-64
North American P-64 3/4 front view. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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The six AAF P-64s (S/N 41-19082 to 41-18087) were originally North American NA-50A fighters built for the Siamese government after a contract was signed on Dec. 30, 1939. The NA-50A was a modification of the earlier NA-50 (seven ordered by Peru). The NA-50 series was essentially a single-place fighter version of the two-place North American NA-16 trainer.

The NA-50As were awaiting shipment in December 1941 when they were confiscated by the AAF because of the fall of Siam to the Japanese. The Army Air Corps redesignated the aircraft P-64 and used them as trainer and liaison aircraft.

Type Number built/
P-64 6 Impounded Siamese NA-50A; renamed P-64

Armament: Two .30-cal. machine guns and two 20mm cannon
Engine: Pratt & Whitney R-1820-77 of 875 hp
Maximum speed: 270 mph
Cruising speed: 235 mph
Range: 900 mi.
Span: 37 ft. 3 in.
Length: 27 ft. 0 in.
Height: 9 ft. 0 in.
Weight: 6,990 lbs. maximum
Crew: One

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