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Airacobra
« on: October 29, 2007, 08:14:54 PM »
One of the most interesting fighter projected in USA. Designer Larry Bell said:

"We went back to fundamentals."

There were fire power, good pilot visibility and good landing and ground charasteristic. By locating the engine behind the pilot and transmiting its power through a drive shaft to a propeller gearbox in the nose, fundamental was achieved in one storke. A 37 mm cannon instalation and teo 12.7 mm machine gun in the nose plus multiple wing gun instalation provided the fighter with the fire power. Pilot could see in all directions with minimum of obstruction. The answer to the safe high speed landing and improved ground charasteristic was found in the tricicle landing gear.

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Re: Airacobra
« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2007, 08:19:32 PM »
interesting info very beuty photo :-clap
another interesting aircraft with this power system is the italian Piaggio P119  :-wave
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Re: Airacobra
« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2007, 08:42:43 PM »
So we will have a lot of talk here  :-clap ;)

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Re: Airacobra
« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2007, 08:48:31 PM »
Some more shots of the Airacobra


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Re: Airacobra
« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2007, 08:56:46 PM »
Nice images as always... two more from Jim Brink collection. he is over 80' and he was former fighter pilot flying on this airplane as well Mustang  :-wave

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Re: Airacobra
« Reply #5 on: October 29, 2007, 09:41:46 PM »
Maybe some hadnt noticed yet. In this thread theres also some info on the Airacroba, mainly on engine.

http://www.letletlet-warplanes.com/forum/index.php?topic=439.0  :-ok

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Re: Airacobra
« Reply #6 on: October 29, 2007, 10:18:19 PM »
Yes but no problem  :-wave

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Re: Airacobra
« Reply #7 on: October 30, 2007, 07:07:38 AM »
 :-wave

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Re: Airacobra
« Reply #8 on: October 30, 2007, 10:03:33 AM »
hm long... :-think :-think


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Re: Airacobra
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« Reply #10 on: October 30, 2007, 11:18:21 AM »
thx No.1....  :-ok


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Re: Airacobra
« Reply #11 on: November 08, 2007, 03:54:56 AM »
 :-wise

The p39 and he P63 were interesting designs.  They seemed to beter in the JABO role than as fighters.
The Allison engine restricted ceiling as it did in the A36 and P51.  The P51 came into its own with the RR engine.  I wonder if that engine was ever experimentally tried in the Bell fighters?
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