Some nice shots of the Bell Aircraft P-63 King Cobra from Thunder Over Michigan.
This surviving P-63E Kingcobra was modified as an RP-63 training aircraft. Aerial gunnery students fired at these manned target aircraft using .30-cal. lead and plastic frangible machine gun bullets which disintegrated harmlessly against the target's external armor plating. Special instruments sent impulses to red lights in the nose of the aircraft, causing them to blink when bullets struck the plane. Pilots nicknamed these aircraft "pinballs".
Sadly, only four P-63s survive in flying condition today, and less than half a dozen display aircraft still exist. Like so many other fine aircraft types in the post-war days, they were valued more for their metal than their history or abilities. Heck, my grandparents didn't even think to put one away for me when the US government was selling them for a few hundred dollars each.
For more really good P-63 pics, hit Aaron's blog here:
King of the rare birds--the P-63C Kingcobra