World War II produced some of the most exotic and fearsome prop-driven fighter planes ever to soar across enemy skies. Bell came up with the design for the P-39 Airacobra, which was the leading US fighter at the beginning of World War II. It had no supercharger, which put it at a disadvantage and started a rush to create a better pursuit plane for American flyers, but the P-39 nevertheless had an excellent World War II record with the British, the Australians, the Poles, the Portuguese, the Free French, the co-belligerent Italians, and especially the Russian Air Force which took great numbers as lend-lease. In fact, thanks to the Russians (and the others), the P-39 ended up with the greatest number of kills of any US fighter. It carried a 37mm T9 cannon which fired through the nose cone, as well as a varying number of .50 caliber machine guns in the wing and nose. The engine, an Allison V-1710, was mounted in the fuselage behind the pilot. A later model was designated the P-63 Kingcobra. Music is “Goodbye Mama, I’m Off to Yokahama,” and “Der Führer’s Face.”
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