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Republic P-43A-1 Lancer
|Dimensions||36’ by 28’6” by
10.97m by 8.69m by 4.27
|Wing area||223 square feet
20.7 square meters
|Maximum speed||356 mph at 20,000 feet
573 km/h at 6100 meters
|Cruise speed||280 mph
|Landing speed||78 mph
|Climb rate||42 feet per second
12.8 meters per second
|Service ceiling||36,000 feet
|Power plant||1 1200 hp (895 kW) Pratt &
Twin Wasp 14-cylinder two-row radial engine driving a three-bladed
|Armament||2 0.50 fixed
nose machine guns
2 0.50 fixed wing machine guns
|External stores||1 200lb (91kg) bomb, 6 20 lb (9kg) bombs, or a drop tank|
|Range||650 miles (1046 km) with a 200 lb (91 kg) bomb
1460 miles (2333 km) with drop tank
|Production||54 P-43, 80 P-43A, and 125 P-43A-1 from 5/41 at Republic Aviation Corporation, Farmingdale, NY|
The P-43 used an R-1830-35 engine, was armed with 0.30 machine guns in the wings, and had no provisions for bombs.
The P-43A used a R-1830-49 engine.
The P-43B through P-43E were photoreconnaissance conversions.
The P-43 was a development of the P-35 and the ancestor of the P-47 Thunderbolt. It never saw combat, since it was judged to have inadequate performance, and production was halted in favor of the P-47, The few production P-43 were relegated to air defense along the West Coast. Some 51 were delivered to China, were they suffered from problems with the self-sealing fuel tanks and turbochargers.
About 150 were converted to P-43B photoreconnaissance planes in 1942.
Roughly a quarter of P-43 pilots were assigned to the West Coast.
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