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Airacobra USA 339th Fighter Squadron by WS-Clave Airacobra USA 339th Fighter Squadron by WS-Clave
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-39Q of the 339th Fighter Squadron 1943.
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hyphenatedsuperhero Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
One of my favourite WWII fighters... such a heavy armament...
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WS-Clave Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009
Yes, I can't think what it would have been like in the cockpit firing a 37mm cannon AND 2 or 4 machine guns at the same time...
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hyphenatedsuperhero Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, if you managed to hit something, I guess the feeling would be elation.
WWII: the golden age of air combat, in my humble opinion.
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WS-Clave Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007
Thanks! :D

The door art was easily the most difficult thing I have attempted...
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Tawnya Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oooo yes! :faint: <--- swoons!
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bear48 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007  Professional
I love the door art

very nice touch
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