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Airacobra USA 72nd Fighter Squadron by WS-Clave Airacobra USA 72nd 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 72nd Fighter Squadron 1944.
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Shadoo007 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2008
There's and updated version of the P-39 Airacobra. It's called the P-63 Airacobra.And according to my intense studies, the L-39 is a swept wing version of the P-63. thats some interesting WW2 Research for ya! :D
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WS-Clave Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2008
Yes, I should add it to my list, which is kind of infinite in size now... *sigh*
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Shadoo007 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2008
XD you don't have to!
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WS-Clave Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2008
Ah, yeah, there's so much I want to do, and never enough time - which is what I *really* meant to say...
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Shadoo007 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2008
I know your point. I read all the time about airplanes in books.
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Shadoo007 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2008
P-63 Kingcobra! XD Never misread your studies!
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WS-Clave Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007
And yours, all the best to you :)
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bear48 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007  Professional
Thank you

Was a cool bird


May 2008 brings much coolness into your world
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DingoPatagonico Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:hug: happy new year! ^^
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WS-Clave Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007
And the same to you! :D

(In 55 minutes time) ;)
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DingoPatagonico Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
=3 :hug:
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WS-Clave Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2008
:D
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Lyle462 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007
You're covering all the bases Clave and doing a masterful job as usual. I think the beauty of this aircraft was it's ugliness (if that makes any sense)!:) Please understand that comment in it's proper context.hehe
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WS-Clave Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007
I understand exactly what you mean, and it is beautiful - to watch flying at least - I saw the one at Duxford put on a show earlier this year, and it was impressive to watch...
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Lyle462 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007
I could only imagine!
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zJoriz Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007
A fine aircraft indeed, although I heard it couldn't stand up against the latest Luftwaffe fighters...

or at least the Russians considered the plane that way it seems. But the Russians also didn't speak very fondly about the P-47, so that might be a case of perception there ^_^

It's one of the few fighters from that time that actually has good visibility while landing & taking off, that's really something. And the gun does nice stuff in the flight sim.
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M2M-design Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful aircraft!:clap::+fav:
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