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Bell P-39 Airacobra

ICAO aircraft code P39
Manufacturer Bell Aircraft
New price USD 0.05 million (1944)

The Bell P-39 Airacobra was a fighter produced by Bell Aircraft for the U.S.


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Bell P-39 Airacobra Specifications

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ICAO aircraft code
1940 - 1944
New purchase price
USD 0.05 million (1944)

Aircraft performance

1x Allison V-1710-85
1,200 HP
Max Cruise Speed:
338 Kts
626 Km/h
Approach Speed (Vref):
83 Kts
Travel range:
565 Nm
1,046 Kilometers
Service Ceiling:
36,000 feet
Rate of Climb:
3800 feet / minute
19.30meter / second
Take Off Distance:
730 meter - 2,394.98 feet
Landing Distance:
610 meter - 2,001.29 feet

Weight & dimensions

Max Take Off Weight:
3,810 Kg
8,400 lbs
Max Payload:
270 Kg
595 lbs
Fuel Tank Capacity:
120 gallon
454 liter

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About the Bell P-39 Airacobra

The Bell P-39 Airacobra was a fighter produced by Bell Aircraft for the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II. It was one of the principal American fighters in service when the United States entered combat. The P-39 was used by the Soviet Air Force, and enabled individual Soviet pilots to collect the highest number of kills attributed to any U.S. fighter type flown by any air force in any conflict. Other major users of the type included the Free French, the Royal Air Force, and the Italian Co-Belligerent Air Force.

It had an unusual layout, with the engine installed in the center fuselage, behind the pilot, and driving a tractor propeller in the nose with a long shaft. It was also the first fighter fitted with a tricycle undercarriage. Although its mid-engine placement was innovative, the P-39 design was handicapped by the absence of an efficient turbo-supercharger, preventing it from performing high-altitude work. For this reason it was rejected by the RAF for use over western Europe but adopted by the USSR, where most air combat took place at medium and lower altitudes.

Together with the derivative P-63 Kingcobra, the P-39 was one of the most successful fixed-wing aircraft manufactured by Bell.

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