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P-39 Airacobra Pilot Manual

117 Pages
$23.95 $16.95
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$23.95 $16.95
8.5x11" 117 Pages
The P-39 Airacobra was designed by Bell's brilliant engineer, Robert Woods. The plane featured a mid-engine design, intended to allow it to carry a lethal 37mm cannon in the nose. An all-metal, low-wing design, the P-39 was the first fighter with tricycle landing gear.

The Airacobra debuted in 1939, and proved impressive in tests. Yet the aircraft lacked a large fuel capacity, and pilots learned that its performance dropped off markedly at altitudes above 17,000 feet. Despite this, over 9,500 P-39s were built.

Almost half were sent to the USSR, where Soviet pilots achieved devastating results. Ace Alexander Pokryshkin flew the plane exclusively and scored nearly 60 kills.

Originally printed by the USAAF and the RAF, this handbook provides a glimpse inside the cockpit of this warbird. Once classified, the manual was de-classified and is reprinted in book form.

117 pages, 8.5x11, b&w w/ color covers.