The P-39 Airacobra was one of the principal American fighter aircraft in service when the United States entered World War II. The P-39 was used by the Soviet Air Force, and scored the highest number of individual kills attributed to any U.S. fighter type in the Eastern European theatre.Other major users of the type included the Free French, the Royal Air Force, the United States Army Air Forces, and the Italian Co-Belligerent Air Force.
Equipped with high caliber nose cannon together with extra machine guns and two wings machine gun, the P-39 is very effective against enemy bombers and ground targets or tanks. Bomb load is also adequate, more than enough to destroy small vessels or medium tank.
P-39 is also a good turn-fight fighter airplane but still cannot keep up with the Japanese zero. However, good combination of both hit/run and turn-fight tactics might challenge higher tier fighters.
- Pros & Cons
- Relatively fast
- Powerful armament with nose-mount 37mm cannon
- Good durability
- Easy take-off & landing (tricycle landing gear)
- Not as fast higher tier fighter planes
- Could carry only one bomb
- Default: V-1710-17 V12 (1,150 hp)
- Upgrade: V-1710-63 V12 (1,325 hp)
- 4 x .30 cal machine guns
- 2 x .50 cal machine guns
- 1 x 37mm cannon
- 1 x 500 lbs bomb
- Max speed: 389 mph (626 km/h)
- Max dive speed: 525 mph (845 km/h)
- Durability: 700
- Internal fuel capacity: 72 US gallons (273 litres)
- External fuel capacity: N/A
- Empty weight: 6,516 lb (2,955 kg)
- Wing area: 213 sq ft (19.8 m²)