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Airacobra France GC I-4
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Published: February 9, 2019
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The Bell P-39 Airacobra was introduced in 1941, and was an unusual fighter aircraft in that it was designed around the 37mm T9 cannon.

The engine was behind the pilot and fed with air via a scoop intake above.  The performance was severely lacking at high altitude, but the P-39 was highly agile and acquitted itself well in the Pacific and Soviet Union.

The P-39 was armed with 1 x 37mm cannon or 20mm cannon firing through the prop, and a variety of machine guns depending on the version.

This example is a P-39N of GC I/4 Armée de l'Air 1943.
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Yeah, it was definitely punchy, and maybe the Soviets thought about that when they fitted a 37mm to the MiG-15...?
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Nicely done!
I used to write to an ex-Royal Hungarian Air Force pilot, who described (in his books as well) that the RHAF considered the 'Cobra to be the most dangerous Soviet plane, due to its gun. 
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Marvelous work
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