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P39 Aircobra found intact - video - 12/15/2010 2:16:15 PM   
LarryP


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This is amazing this plane was found intact after so many years:
P39 Aircobra
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RE: P39 Aircobra found intact - video - 12/15/2010 8:18:28 PM   
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Many thanks for the link -- I've always had a fondness for the Airacobra and her unusual engine-in-rear design.

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RE: P39 Aircobra found intact - video - 12/15/2010 8:41:08 PM   
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Guess I can go visit it then since its a hop skip and jump from my house....
I used to drive my bus down Ross ave a few years ago...

If and when I go I might pop up some shots here

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RE: P39 Aircobra found intact - video - 12/15/2010 9:02:36 PM   
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Wow, look at the state the plane is in... excellent, even after all these years. And they even found a scribble inside the plane, written by the lady working on the plane, her handwriting.. as clear as the day she wrote it. Amazing.
If you take some shots Lurker, please do post them here will you? Thanks.

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RE: P39 Aircobra found intact - video - 12/15/2010 9:14:56 PM   
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I will.. I think they are still working on the restoration...I'm going to see if there is any way I can get one of my friends to get me in there..

Anyways I hope they restore it to its VVS combat markings and not the shipping markings

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RE: P39 Aircobra found intact - video - 12/15/2010 11:24:38 PM   
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I have always thought that it is a good looking aircraft.

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RE: P39 Aircobra found intact - video - 12/16/2010 5:19:04 AM   
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It was cool to see the 37mm firing. The aircraft did have it's virtues.

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RE: P39 Aircobra found intact - video - 12/16/2010 6:31:23 AM   
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"BANG" ... "BANG" ..."BANG"...

Good for shooting up ground targets, but not that great for air to air 37mm shell will ruin you whole day!

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RE: P39 Aircobra found intact - video - 12/16/2010 4:50:16 PM   
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Here's one found in New Guinea;
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YfxW8DkjoI

It was cool to see the 37mm firing. The aircraft did have it's virtues.

Very impressive stats. If you could get the drop on an enemy fighter from altitude you could blow them to smithereens;
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Performance

* Maximum speed: 376 mph (605 km/h) (Redline dive speed was 525 mph)
* Range: 525 miles on internal fuel (840 km)
* Service ceiling: 35,000 ft (10,700 m)
* Rate of climb: 3,750 ft/min (19 m/s)
* Wing loading: 34.6 lb/sq ft (169 kg/m²)
* Power/mass: 0.16 hp/lb (0.27 kW/kg)
* Time to climb: 15,000 in 4.5 min at 160 mph (260 km/h).

Armament

* Guns:
o 1 x 37 mm M4 cannon with 30 rounds of HE ammo.
o 2 x .50 cal (12.7 mm) machine guns. 200 rounds per nose-gun
o 4 x .30 cal machine guns, wing mounted. 300 per wing-pod
* Bombs: Up to 500 lb (230 kg) of bombs externally

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bell_P-39_Airacobra

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