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|The Aircraft :|
|Airacobra||In early 1937, Bell Aircraft presented a revolutionary fighter design to the USAAC, the P-39 Airacobra. Incorporating machine guns and the most powerful cannon available, the new design by Robert Woods, utilized many revolutionary design features. The all-metal, low wing, monoplane design utilized a centrally located engine in the fuselage, a feature which enhanced maneuverability. A nine foot shaft ran through the cockpit to drive the propeller. Woods design was the first fighter to incorporate a forward tricycle landing gear, which gave the P-39 pilot great visibility while on the ground. The first prototype flew in 1938. Equipped with a supercharged Allison water-cooled V-12 rated at 1,150-HP, the prototype performed admirably. It exhibited a top speed of 390-MPH, and an amazingly quick rate of climb. Unfortunately for the Airacobra, the USAAC decided to eliminate the supercharged engine from the project, a move which would relegate the Airacobra to the distinction of being Americas forgotten fighter of WW II.|
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|RECENT UPDATES TO OUR AVIATION HISTORY DATABASES|
|New victory claim added : Me109 claimed on 16th August 1940 by Pilot Officer A. R. H. Barton of No.32 Sqn RAF|
|Lieutenant Colonel William B McChessney Jr added to aircrew database :|
One of the original pilots of the Hell Hawks, joining in August 1943, he flew two sorties on D-Day, Market Garden, Bastogne and Operation Bodenplatte in his P-47 Judy Ann. He finished the war with 121 combat missions and a Ju88 destroyed.
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Wellington L7859 :|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : Hans-Ekkehard Bob : Date of death updated, Deceased updated|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : Warrant Officer John Harrison :|
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Wellington W5612 : Airframe notes updated (added 30-03-1941 : Wellington was attacked by an intruder as the crew prepared to land, the aircraft force-landed in a field 1 mile next to the airfield.)|
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Hampden AD899 : Aircrew updated (added Pilot Officer J. G. Curley)|
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Whitley T4298 : Airframe notes updated (added 07-04-1941 : Whitley crew were made prisoners of war.)|
|G. G. Sharp added to aircrew database.|
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Hampden AD738 : Airframe notes updated (added 04-04-1941 : Hampden was shot down by flak at St-Renan near Brest in France, killing all crew.)|
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