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North American NA-68

North American NA-68 F-AZHD/79413/7

North American P-64 (also named NA-68) was the designation assigned by the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC) to the North American Aviation NA-68 fighter, an upgraded variant of the NA-50 developed during the late 1930s.

  • Role: Single-seat Fighter
  • National origin: United States of America
  • Manufacturer: North American Aviation
  • First flight: May 1939 (NA-50), 1 September 1940 (NA-68)
  • Number built: 13

Specifications (NA-68/P-64)

General characteristics

  • Crew: One
  • Length: 27 ft (8.23 m)
  • Wingspan: 37 ft 3 in (11.35 m)
  • Height: 19 ft 8 in (5.99 m)
  • Wing area: 227 ft² (21.1 m²)
  • Empty weight: 4,660 lb (2,114 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 5,990 lb (2,717 kg)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 6,800 lb (3,080 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Wright R-1820-77 radial engine, 870 hp (649 kW)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 270 mph (435 km/h) at 8,700 ft (2,650 m)
  • Range: 965 mi (1,550 km)
  • Service ceiling: 27,500 ft (8,400 m)
  • Wing loading: 26 lb/ft² (129 kg/m²)
  • Power/mass: 0.13 hp/lb (0.21 kW/kg)

Armament

  • 2 × .30 in (7.62 mm) machine guns
  • 2 × 20 mm cannons
  • Up to 400 lb (180 kg) of bombs