Bell P-39 Airacobra

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A P-39Q

The P-39 Airacobra was a fighter aircraft made by Bell Aircraft. It first flew in 1939, and was introduced in 1941. While it had good weapons, it was known for being very unstable and could lose control easily. It was fast but not very good above 5000 m (15,000 feet) as it lacked turbocharger.[1] The Soviet Union used it during World War II as a fighter interceptor as most air battles at the Eastern front were fought at low heights. Several Soviet pilots became fighter aces on P-39. The main weapon of P-39, 37 mm cannon, was so powerful that it could destroy almost any airplane on a single hit.

The P-39 was different from a lot of aircraft in World War II. It had "tricycle" landing gear (like a tricycle), doors that opened like a car (pilots would climb out of most fighters of the time). The "Q" version could go 375 miles per hour (600 km/h), had four 13mm machine guns, and one 37mm cannon.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 http://www.acepilots.com/planes/p39_airacobra.html

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