World War 2 Documentary

Aviation Art – P-39 Airacobra

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 F├╝hrer’s Face.”

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Video Rating: 5 / 5

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Tuesday, November 30th, 2010 World War 2 Planes

16 Comments to Aviation Art – P-39 Airacobra

bestjonbon
November 30, 2010

Thanks, @DEP717. This is good info.

DEP717
December 1, 2010

@bestjonbon The Russian front had a lot more lower altitude combat. The lack of a good ‘charger hurt the motor above 15,000 feet. Under that altitude RAF tests it could match very well against the Me-109. The Russians absolutely loved them. They also liked that the P-39 had a radio and a good cockpit heater. Especially the heater I’m guessing ;)

informedskeptic
December 1, 2010

I think they addressed whatever issues pilots had with the plane in the show. Unfortunately, I don’t remember what they were. I’m guessing with that huge cannon in front, it’s best use was probably for ground support. Very unique plane, though.

bestjonbon
December 1, 2010

Yes, that’s correct. Motor behind pilot, cannon in front.

It was a sleek-looking craft, but we sent most of them to the Russians on lend-lease. That makes me think it wasn’t quite good enough for US orders. (I’m just guessing on that — maybe they were terrific planes.)

informedskeptic
December 1, 2010

Saw this on the military channel once, I believe. Engine behind the pilot and a 37mm cannon firing down the propeller shaft, correct? It was wild seeing video of that cannon firing in flight.

Virlando2
December 1, 2010

fine vid ;)

SEVNTIGERS
December 1, 2010

AWESOME VIDEO! / slideshow
- I was finally able to look in depth at the difference between the P-39 vs the P-63.

Quite a bit different, really. :-) it’s just great to see another ‘cobra lover post a video

bestjonbon
December 1, 2010

Yes, all the German aircraft are up by now. I did them and then headed out for a cruise, so I’m late getting back to you. Sorry.

meesterschilders
December 1, 2010

hi John, are you planning on German airplanes as well ? there was an experimental bomber who secretly took testflights to New York (absolute distance record in those days…)

07dajones
December 1, 2010

that plane is awesome to =D

sweetsongman1
December 1, 2010

ooo a prop powerred sabre
FAIL xDDDDD
they do indeed have actual working jet engines that size if thi swill change anything :D those planes usualy can hit 300 mph tops :O
i bet they are expensive though :P

bbrown4261
December 1, 2010

Where in NY? Is it an annual event?

lamborghini8254
December 1, 2010

i am getting a RC WWI plane

dalotel
December 1, 2010

Is that one a Hellcat? “I don’t know bud.” LOL! What a hillbilly. Doesn’t know what a Lexus is either.

clubRCflight
December 1, 2010

The gray one is called P-51 mustang. LOL

learntoflywell
December 1, 2010

War is not a pleasant time you are crazy. Maybe you should try some haldol.

Gas heads never learn- aka blood gore noise and violence no wonder this world is doomed.

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