The P-64 was the last version of a line of aircraft that included the BT-9/-14 trainer and the AT-6/SNJ Texan two-seat trainers. The single-seat members of this family were developed as lightweight fighters intended for export. The first in this series was the NA-50A, of which seven were delivered to the Peruvian Air Force in 1939. This was followed by an order for six generally similar aircraft for the Royal Thai Air Force. These were designated NA-68, and were completed and in route to Thailand when Pearl Harbor was attacked. The six NA-68s were seized in Hawaii by the US authorities (Thailand was by now occupied by the Japan), and returned to the United States. Re-designated the P-64, their 20-mm cannon were removed, and they entered service in the USAAC in the advanced trainer role.
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North American P-64
Type: Fighter-bomber Crew: 1, Pilot Armament: two .30 cal machine guns two 20mm cannon optionally up to 400 lbs. of bombs externally Specifications: Length: 27' 0" (8.23 m) Height: 9' 4" (2.84 m) Wing span: 37' 3" (11.35 m) Wing area: 227.5 sq. ft (21.13 sq. m) Empty Weight: 4660 lbs (2114 kg) Max Weight: 6800 lbs (3084 kg) maximum at takeoff Propulsion: No. of Engines: 1 Powerplant: Wright R-1820-77 Cyclone 9 radial Horsepower: 870 hp Performance: Range: 635 miles (1022 km) Max Speed: 270 mph (435 km/hr) Ceiling: 27500 ft (8380 m)
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