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Airacobra USSR 9th Guards Fighter Regiment by WS-Clave Airacobra USSR 9th Guards Fighter Regiment 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-39N of the 9th Guards Fighter Regiment Soviet Air Force 1943.
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SulliMike23 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
Believe or not, Soviet Ace Alexander Pokryshkin preferred this aircraft when he fought the Germans in WWII over any other aircraft the Soviet Union produced. In fact, he racked up more kills in this plane than any other fighter. He also, literally, rewrote the book on Soviet aerial combat doctrine.
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WS-Clave Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
It was very good at low level, and that big gun did not need many hits to bring down another fighter.
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Tawnya Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:salute:
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Stu-Sturmoviks Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2008
Excellent job, instant fave :D
The stars must have been a pain though?
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WS-Clave Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2008
Yeah, they were... most of them are at an angle, and all lined up oddly... :altermind:
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zJoriz Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2008
Damn! Also highly succesful from the look of it 0_o
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Stu-Sturmoviks Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2008
Lol yeah, that's Aleksandr Pokryshkin's P-39 with 59 kills
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Valishin Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2008   Photographer
you are not right now :)

this is Grigoriy Andreevich Rechkalov's plane. (56 kills)

РГА (RGA) on hull - his initials

Aleksandr Pokryshkin's P-39 has number 100 on it
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zJoriz Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2008
He had his initials on his plane? Now THAT's what I call propaganda :D
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TopGunSGA Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010
During WWII in the RAF, if you were a Wing Commander or higher and were still flying you could have your initials on your plane
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zJoriz Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010
Oh yeah, I forgot - "DB for Douglas Bader".
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TopGunSGA Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010
Exactly, there were also

JEJ for James Edgar "Johnnie" Johnson
PB for Peter Brothers
RB for Roland Beamont
CRC for Clive Caldwell (Royal Australian Air Force)

to name but a few
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zJoriz Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010
Right :)
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Valishin Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2008   Photographer
yes... Rechkalov was very cool guy!
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