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Bell P-39Q Airacobra

Bell P-39Q Airacobra

Did You Know?

  • The P-39 Airacobra was originally designed as a bomber interceptor, but turned into an excellent ground attack weapon in the Pacific and on the Soviet front.
  • The Airacobra saw combat throughout the world, particularly in the Southwest Pacific, Mediterranean and Russian theaters.
  • Its unique engine location behind the cockpit caused some pilot concern, but this proved to be no more of a hazard in a crash landing than with an engine located forward of the cockpit. The P-39's spin characteristics, however, could be quite a problem if recovery techniques were ignored.
  • Because of its poor higher altitude performance, many U.S. airmen did not care for it, and more than 60% of them were sold to the Soviet Union.

Specifications

Crew One
Wingspan 34 ft.
Length 30 ft. 2 in.
Height 12 ft. 5 in.
Operational Weight 7,600 lbs.
Armament One 37-mm cannon, two .50-cal. machine guns, and four .30-cal. machine guns
Maximum Speed 376 mph
Range 975 miles with drop tanks
Service Ceiling 35,000 ft.
Engine One Allison V-1710, producing 1,200 hp
Number Produced 9,584
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