North American P-64

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  1. gjs238

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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_American_P-64

    Interesting aircraft.
    Was this plane superior to the P-36?
    Surprised NAA was able to, or at least tried to, compete with P-35 P-36.
    Wonder how it would have performed with R-1830's.

    Looking forward, wonder if the P-64 could have evolved the way the P-35 P-36 evolved.
     
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    It was basically an upgraded BC-1 Trainer with no real performance upgrade path..
     
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    It was a single seat AT-6 / SNJ and was not superior to the P-36 OR the P-35.

    I think it would have made a good fighter-trainer and have seen one fly many times in Arizona, where at least two were created by converting AT-6's. I even flew in formation with one once in the back seat of an AT-6. They could cruise with the better WWII fighters, but were hopelessly outclassed when the P-38, P-39, P-40, P-47, P-51 etc, added power to reach for the upper end of their performance envelopes.

    The P-64 cockpit was single seat and the wings were shortened a bit from the AT-6. It was a "hotter" ship than the AT-6, but was no first-line fighter though, in the absence of first-line fighters, it probably would make a good aircraft for back areas or remote theater where little first-line opposition was expected. It was and is relaible and rugged, just had performance more in line with the early to mid 1930's than the 1940's.
     
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    As the others have said, it is basically the AT-6 structure with the 600 hp R-1340 taken out and old model (G series NOT G100 or G200) 870hp R-1820 put in. Please note that 1100-1200hp R-1820s were available when this plane was built so the deliberate selection of the lower powered engine may mean a lot.
     
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    A CAC Boomerang built by the parent company. :)
     
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