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Piper PA48 Enforcer

DAYTON, Ohio -- Piper PA48 Enforcer at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Piper PA48 Enforcer at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Piper PA48 Enforcer at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Piper PA48 Enforcer at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Piper PA48 Enforcer in the Research & Development Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Piper PA48 Enforcer in the Research & Development Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Note: This aircraft is currently in storage. 

The Enforcer is a turboprop-powered light close-support/ground-attack aircraft built by Piper Aircraft Corp. Lakeland, Fla. It is based on the well-known North American P-51 of World War II fame. By direction of Congress, the USAF evaluated the aircraft, beginning in 1983. Testing was conducted in 1984 and the Air Force decided not to order the Enforcer.

Since the Enforcer was never in the Air Force inventory, it was not given an official military designation and did not receive an Air Force serial number. Instead, it carries the Piper designation PA-48 and Federal Aviation Administration registration number N481PE. Although the airframe resembles that of the P-51, the Enforcer is essentially a new aircraft.

SPECIFICATIONS:
Span: 41 ft. 4 in.
Length: 34 ft. 2 in.
Height: 13 ft. 1 in.
Armament: Mixed armament includes two GE GPU 30mm gun pods, MK-82 snakeyes, Bristol GRV-7 rockets, CBU canisters and MK-20 Rockeye antitank rockets
Engine: Avco-Lycoming YT-55-L-9 turboprop of 2,445 hp
C/N:48-350001
Registration number: N481PE (no USAF serial number assigned)

PERFORMANCE:
Maximum speed: 403 mph
Range: 921 miles
Service ceiling: 25,000 ft.

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