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|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|
|R. C. Rendle added to aircrew database.|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : Wing Commander Allan Wright : Birth date updated, Date of death updated, Deceased updated, Aircraft updated, Squadron service dates updated, Rank updated (now Wing Commander)|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : Pilot Officer Arthur C Dunlop : Aircraft updated (added Ventura), Squadrons updated, Squadron service dates updated|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : Lieutenant Commander Dick Best : Aircraft updated (added Dauntless), Squadrons updated (added VB-6), Squadron service dates updated, Rank updated (now Lieutenant Commander)|
|Hampden Mk.I AD827 of No.61 Sqn RAF added to the airframes database.|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : Otto Schultz :|
|748th Bomb Squadron added to the squadrons database.|
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Blenheim R3884 : Aircrew updated, Airframe notes updated (added 31-03-1941 : Blenheim was shot down by a Kriegsmarine Vorpostenboot off the Dutch Island of Texel. )|
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Whitley Z6468 : Airframe notes updated (added 07-04-1941 : Whitley was last heard on w/t in the early morning of the 8th of April.)|
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Hampden AD790 :|
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