The Piper Aircraft Corp. Enforcer is a jet turbine, propeller-driven light close-support/ground-attack aircraft. It was the first U.S. combat aircraft designed, built and privately tested without any government financing. It is based on the well-known North American P-51 of World War II fame.
The fuselage was lengthened by 19 inches aft of the wing and larger tail surfaces were fitted. Power was provided by a Lycoming T55-L-9 turboprop.
The familiar trademark Mustang ventral scoop was completely removed, and a large turboprop exhaust was fitted on the left-hand side of the fuselage just ahead of the cockpit. A Yankee rocket ejector seat was fitted in the single seat cockpit. Provisions for wingtip tanks were made, and ten underwing hardpoints were fitted. The fixed wing-mounted guns were removed, and all gun armament was carried within underwing pods.
Since the Enforcer was never in the Air Force inventory, it was not given an official military designation and did not receive an Air Force serial number. Instead, it carries the Piper designation PA-48 and civilian registration number 48-8301002. By direction of Congress, the USAF evaluated the aircraft, beginning in 1983. Testing was conducted in 1984 and the Air Force decided not to order the Enforcer.
Span: 41 ft. 4 in.
Range: 400 nautical miles
Length: 34 ft. 2 in.
Service ceiling: 37,600 ft.
Height: 13 ft. 1 in.
Gross Weight: 14,000 lb.
Engines: Lycoming T-55-L-9 turboprop of 2,455 shp
Maximum speed: 350 kts
Armament: Mixed armament includes two GE GPU 30mm gun pods, MK-82 snakeyes, Bristol GRV-7 rockets, CBU canisters and MK-20 Rockeye antitank rockets