Quick Facts

Bell P-39Q Airacobra

An American Made Soviet Favorite

Era: WWII

Part of the Air Zoo Collection
Location: Flight Innovation Center


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.

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