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P-39 Airacobra - One Of The Rarest WW2 Warbirds

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For over 20 years, Pioneer Aero Limited, based at Armore Aerodrome in Auckland, have been one of New Zealand's (and the world's), foremost restorers of Second World War aircraft.
In this video Paul McSweeny, the director of the company, discusses the Bell P-39 Airacobra restoration that Pioneer is on the verge of completing for Jerry Yagen's Warbirds Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach USA . Once this aircraft flies it will be the third airworthy P-39 in the world, making it one of the more rare WW2 fighter aircraft types.
Paul also discusses some of the other restoration projects the company has underway at the moment, including another couple of P-40 Warhawks/Kittyhawks. These projects mean that Pioneer Aero will soon be responsible for restoring almost a third of the worlds population of 32-33 airworthy P-40 fighters -- a remarkable feat in itself.
In addition to the P-40's, Paul briefly talks about the de Havilland DH.103 Sea Hornet and Vought Kingfisher projects that the company is also soon to embark on.
See Pioneer's web site for more info: www.pioneeraero.co.nz
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17/01/2019

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MarsFKA
MarsFKA दिन पहले
A Hornet in the pipeline. Most interesting. Excellent video. I didn't know about the P-39 project.
Cid Dax
Cid Dax 3 दिन पहले
I read the russian loved the thing. One reason was it's very high survivabilty. It helps to keep the pilot alive putting a huge block of metal between him and that bandit on his six.
Spazmodicus Rex
Spazmodicus Rex 4 दिन पहले
Legend has it that the Russians solved the P-39's tendency to go into uncontrollable flat spins by packing the nose compartment with all the ammo weight it could carry.
Dan Zervos
Dan Zervos दिन पहले
Once the ammo was shot up, the plane was more prone to spinning it was reported, so speed had to be kept up. The 37 mm gun had a continuous loop feed belt and only carried 30 or 33 rounds (depends on the source of the information) - it couldn't carry any more ammo. For the P-38s produced for England, it looks like the 20 mm cannon was mounted more forward as the barrel sticks out about a foot or so, while the 37 mm doesn't. Maybe for CG issues.
Randall Flack
Randall Flack 6 दिन पहले
Interesting story that I found about the training bases in Central Washington, it seems the P-39 was killing more pilots than the enemy. nosleinad6.wordpress.com/2011/12/28/the-summer-it-rained-airplanes/
Lynford Turner
Lynford Turner 7 दिन पहले
Beautiful airplane but very bad aerodynamic characteristics. The center mounted engine was the problem. The weight and balance was OK except with the engine in the near middle and much less weight in the nose the plane was unstable to perform safely. Also, if the pilot forgot and applied too much power suddenly the torque would flip the plane over and bang the pilots head on the side of the cockpit. In some cases it knocked the pilot out and caused serious accidents. The P39 was undoubtedly the most beautiful plane made at the time but the worst one to try and fight with.
Pat Healey
Pat Healey 3 दिन पहले
you are an idiot
okrajoe
okrajoe 7 दिन पहले
What a beautiful restoration. Amazing work.
Don F
Don F 7 दिन पहले
The P-39, as well as the P-40, got a bad rep at the beginning of the war... and yet the Flying Tigers had great success with both of them before the war ever broke out. And the F4F Wildcat had a similar bad rap. They were all being gunned down in numbers at the beginning of the war and it was thought they were not up to the task against the Zero. The problem wasn't so much with the planes, as with the tactics. The Flying Tigers never ever attempted to dogfight a Zero. Rather, they would make high speed passes at them. Then, if they didn't shoot it down, would come around for another pass. Proof...The F4F was being still be used right up to the end of the war since it was the only fighter that could land and take off from the short deck of the jeep carriers. These hit and run tactics were finally introduced and used (along with the lead and wing man formation) at the same time the F4U and P-38 and F6F Hellcat came into play and the results were much better. Yes, the latter three planes were better, but it was the change tactics that made a HUGE difference as not even these planes could dogfight a Zero and win. One of the highest scoring P-38 pilots went down when he broke the rules and tried to dogfight a Zero to increase his score. Also what needs to be taken into account is... most of the experienced hot Zero pilots were already taken out of the fight by the time the F4U and P-38 and F6F came into play. So yes, the F6F Hellcat had the best kill ratio... but they were up against more lightly trained and inexperienced pilots. The same can be said in the Korean war. The MIG was much better in turns so... don't try to turn with it just make high speed passes. All that being said... I still say the F4U was the best looking aircraft ever produced.
Frank Wall
Frank Wall 11 दिन पहले
I wish it had sound
Historical Aviation Film Unit
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We're working on that! Keep watching!
lumox7
lumox7 12 दिन पहले
WWII tanks had very thin armor on turret tops and engine decks. I think 37mm was very effective on the top of tanks on the eastern front and much more accurate than bombs.
lumox7
lumox7 12 दिन पहले
Also, any 37mm round that lands short and ricochets off the ground can penetrate the thin steel on the bottom of German tanks with ease. The Germans also had Ju87 Stukas with two canons, effective on tanks.
Bob Kent
Bob Kent 15 दिन पहले
My father flew the P-39 on Guadalcanal and other islands during the Solomon's Campaign. Some pilots called it a "flying coffin," but my father loved the P-39. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross after shooting down 3 Japanese planes and assisting in downing a fourth. My father also enjoyed his R&R time in New Zealand. I still have his New Zealand driver's license, issued when he was in Auckland.
playsinmud
playsinmud 15 दिन पहले
It sounds to me like this is the great granddaddy to the Fairchild Republic A10 Thunderbolt II.
Michael Estepp
Michael Estepp 16 दिन पहले
One of my favorite planes. An underdog in aviation
Matthew Ogg
Matthew Ogg 17 दिन पहले
thats gonna be at wings over wairarapa aint it is what i heard
Fuzzy Butkus
Fuzzy Butkus 17 दिन पहले
I could of sworn that said Abracadabra. Lol. You switched it on me didn’t you?? Just messing did have to look at it 3 times and rub my eyes.Coolest warbird I’ve seen. Looks like a sports car. Kinda the A-10 warthog of WW2 as far as respect. The WW2 guys were our greatest generation. All class.
Lindsay Ellis
Lindsay Ellis 20 दिन पहले
As one of the Airacobras recovered from Cape York I believe this may have originally flown from Antill Plains strip, south west of Townsville. That strip was built largely on my grandfather’s property known as Oak Valley. Dad had a lot to do with the Americans based at the strip and if my memory is right he mentioned the Airacobras were flown by the 40th Pursuit Group.
Gordon Music
Gordon Music 20 दिन पहले
Luv to fly this plane
corpsetime
corpsetime 20 दिन पहले
beautiful machine.
Gary Pugh
Gary Pugh 20 दिन पहले
Always wondered,..how's weight and balance ? Slightly tail heavy ? Can it spin recover ? 🇺🇸
G Crauwels
G Crauwels 20 दिन पहले
It's really a shame that this airframe didn't have a turbocharger or a Packard-built Merlin.
Savage Savant
Savage Savant 21 दिन पहले
The P-39 was basically an "all-rounder" ...Jack of all -master of none.
Savage Savant
Savage Savant 21 दिन पहले
Pilot's really didn't like the P-39 because the propeller shaft ran right under the cockpit, in between the pilots legs. They literally straddled the doghouse which covered the propeller shaft. Meaning, if they were hit or the craft was damaged, that propeller shaft could easily snap in half, pop-up through the doghouse & kill them from beneath. A horrible death.
Historical Aviation Film Unit
Historical Aviation Film Unit 20 दिन पहले
Ahh yes, but being hit by a 20mm cannon shell, or going down in flames is a pretty horrible death as well!
Nathaniel Salzman
Nathaniel Salzman 21 दिन पहले
In their biographies, both Chuck Yeager and Bob Hoover talk about the P-39 as their absolute favorite prop plane to fly because the weight of the plane was so well-centered around the engine.
Tom N.
Tom N. 22 दिन पहले
Probably our most advanced aircraft at the start of the war.
e r
e r 23 दिन पहले
The Luftwaffe swatted these p39s like flies......Soviet/Russian pilots are overrated.
Paul Reed
Paul Reed 24 दिन पहले
61 dummies gave a thumbs down as they probably got shot down by one of these back in the day! thanks for the interesting video!
Historical Aviation Film Unit
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No worries! Glad you enjoy our work.
Paul Reed
Paul Reed 24 दिन पहले
I dunno? I noticed one of my simple comments was deleted by IN-vid and yet I have seem profanity and messages inciting violence against certain ethic groups and political beliefs. the owners of youtube is google and California has a political agenda that is separate from the rest of the USA. anyways I love these old airplanes and thank you for making and sharing the video. have a nice day!
Historical Aviation Film Unit
Historical Aviation Film Unit 24 दिन पहले
I know it's weird -- what's to Dislike about this video....?
banana junior 9000
banana junior 9000 24 दिन पहले
Do we no longer call this a strafing warbird?
Historical Aviation Film Unit
Historical Aviation Film Unit 24 दिन पहले
We don't if it doesn't strafe! ;-)
Kiwi Bonsai
Kiwi Bonsai 25 दिन पहले
Nice , more history saved :)
Dalton Dickens
Dalton Dickens 25 दिन पहले
My second favorite plane, next to the P40 B and C series.When I was younger and flying R/C....they(most kits) always labeled the P-39 as the "Iron Dog"--that was many years ago. I think the original idea was sound...if they only got the 2 stage superchargers to work, same for the P40's. The later P40's just had too much of a "chin" for the coolers and took away from the cleaner lines of the originals IMHO. The Mustang, Jug, Hellcat, Corsair all have their fans...but...give me an early P40, or P39 anyday..."IF" I hit the lottery...and can actually learn to fly, in the seat-vs-on the ground.
Brian White
Brian White 25 दिन पहले
There were five aircraft in the doomed flight. They took off from Cairns and were headed for the trouble in New Guinea. From my hazy memory, this was the sixth or seventh sortie flown by the five - they were not experienced pilots by any means. A cyclone (hurricane) on Cape York caused their instruments to wander, and they could no longer fly by their instruments, so they went down lower and lower until they came out from under the clouds. They spent so much time wandering looking for land they ran dangerously low on fuel. The first two aircraft tried wheels down landings on the beach, tragically these were fatal, with the aircraft flipping and crashing on landing. Sobered by this sight, and with almost no fuel remaining the three remaining pilots turned inland and tried their luck on low heathland behind the coastal dunes. Fortunately for them, the heathland had firm ground under, and the vegetation which I have seen, is only 600mm/2' high, barely coming over the top of the wheels. Two aircraft made a perfect three point landing, the third hit a melon hole in the ground with its front wheel, buckling the wheel and bending the prop. All three men made it out alive, but did not know the others had made it. Then began a torrid and dangerous time as the men walked out of their predicament, each clothed in inappropriate clothing for a tropical monsoon, and only armed only with a Colt .45. Cape York is a dangerous environment, an area infested with three of the world's ten most venomous snakes, and every water hole containing a saltwater crocodile. The pilots were rescued in poor condition up to two weeks later. This began a push to deliver bush survival training to serving military personnel that continues to this day. My father has super 8 film of the discovery of these aircraft - probably the single coolest thing I saw as a kid. The Cairns Aircraft Rescue Team (CART) was run by friends of my father, including former RAAF officer Nick Watling. I had a nice collection of 20mm AP cannon, .50Cal that had had a bushfire over them, so inert I hope, and even the temporary use of a rusted .50cal BMG from a Liberator as a back yard toy - playing the part of the tailgunner shooting at Zeros - back in the day. My father still has a sodium-filled engine valve from the Allison engine of one of the aircraft crashed on the beach.
Historical Aviation Film Unit
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Hi Brian -- we'd love it if you could send us a private email to: admin@aviationfilm.com Thanks, Hafu :-)
796andy2
796andy2 26 दिन पहले
prop shaft between your legs , meh
G A Pratt
G A Pratt 26 दिन पहले
Reason the engine is where it is was an idea Bell had to improve maneuverability. Idea was to place the largest concentration of mass, IE the engine on the center of gravity thereby balancing the aircraft and creating neutral flight characteristics. Ended up she was to stable!
scott oxley
scott oxley 26 दिन पहले
I live in San Marcos Texas where CAF CenTex P-39 Miss Connie lives. One of the two currently flying. Very cool aircraft. CAF CenTex is also home of C47 "That's All Brother" the plane that led 801 C47's on the D Day Invasion. Another amazing aircraft.
Historical Aviation Film Unit
Historical Aviation Film Unit 24 दिन पहले
Sounds like a great place to live. :-)
TreFizzle
TreFizzle 26 दिन पहले
WAR THUNDER IRL
HEAD EAST
HEAD EAST 26 दिन पहले
Awesome video
Historical Aviation Film Unit
Historical Aviation Film Unit 24 दिन पहले
Thanks, glad you liked it.
Armin
Armin 26 दिन पहले
Amazing Aircraft. I love that these people that keep these birds alive.
James Kirk
James Kirk 26 दिन पहले
Al gore designed and built this plane
Metal Head
Metal Head 26 दिन पहले
They got shipped to Russia and they loved them
komi sar
komi sar 26 दिन पहले
what a beautiful aircraft! the aerodinamic design is in pair with a Porsche; the cockpit, the air intake, super smooth integration to fuselage; excellent restoration job!
Brock Macdonald
Brock Macdonald 27 दिन पहले
Have you looked into the remnants of the hornet that is in Alberta that was the remains of the one the RCAF had for assessment? I heard it’s still sitting on an airfield in pieces.
Milk Manson
Milk Manson 27 दिन पहले
Just look at that proper english gent at 10m31s.... probably on his way to dinner.
Wiseguy1408
Wiseguy1408 27 दिन पहले
As a child in the WWII era, I had a toy Airacobra, diecast fuselage with stamped metal wings. Because of that the Airacobra was my favorite aircraft for a long time!
4c1dr3fl3x
4c1dr3fl3x 27 दिन पहले
P-39 and A-10 designers: Engineer: "This gun is too big. We can't fit the engine and gun in the same space. We need to move the gun." Insane Lead Designer: *Grins* "Move the engine further back."
Historical Aviation Film Unit
Historical Aviation Film Unit 24 दिन पहले
Ha ha!
Thomas Sayles
Thomas Sayles 27 दिन पहले
I thought the P-38 and the P-51 were both supercharged....
666toysoldier
666toysoldier 27 दिन पहले
I recently read a book about the WWII Soviet air force. The author stated that it was not just a ground-attack aircraft, but used in lower-altitude combat against German bombers and fighters.
Historical Aviation Film Unit
Historical Aviation Film Unit 24 दिन पहले
The 37mm cannon was very useful against bombers.
Joshua Andrews
Joshua Andrews 28 दिन पहले
i would love to live in newzeland
Historical Aviation Film Unit
Historical Aviation Film Unit 24 दिन पहले
To be fair, it IS a great place! :-)
Bailey Donaldson-Fitt
Bailey Donaldson-Fitt 28 दिन पहले
I live I new zealand I better go and have a look at this it'd be amazing
Bob Johnson
Bob Johnson 28 दिन पहले
The P-39 was basically a "mid-engine", just like auto racing - low "polar moment of inertia" (most of the weight is centered in the middle). That means it can turn on a dime. That also means bad spin for an aircraft, but very nimble. Agility vs stability.
375GTB
375GTB 28 दिन पहले
Shemya Island also had P-39s. If memory serves... WITH the P-38s... The bone yard off to one side... Treasures? Who knows?
lckgilmo43
lckgilmo43 28 दिन पहले
I saw one at Chanault air base here in Lake Charles, Louisiana two days ago, 1-23- 2019. It had black n white stripes on the tail boom. If it wasn't one it looked extremely similar. At first I thought that it was an old nazi fighter.
mr ed
mr ed 28 दिन पहले
So that's what became of it. My brother used to correspond with the early 1980's owner. Had some interesting photos. The RAAF disabled the cannons in the early 1970's when it was on horn island. Very nice restoration.
Sam Moss
Sam Moss 28 दिन पहले
great job fellas...keeping those warbirds alive an well....👍
talon2pro
talon2pro 28 दिन पहले
Impressive rebuild! Looks "Factory New". The 37mm with the right ammo is a formidable enemy.
Ricky Warner
Ricky Warner 28 दिन पहले
This is a p400
Chodda
Chodda 28 दिन पहले
my grandfather worked for Bell in New York during the production of these. his name was William 'Bill' Martz.
Radu B.
Radu B. 28 दिन पहले
I don't know what others think but I find the P-39 simply beautiful. And this seems to be a great restoration! Well done and good luck further!
Greg Drew
Greg Drew 28 दिन पहले
Rarest? They made over 9500 of the things from 1940-1944.
Historical Aviation Film Unit
Historical Aviation Film Unit 28 दिन पहले
But how many of them are flying now? Only two. This will be the third. That makes it rare in our book.
Q Tig
Q Tig 28 दिन पहले
Beautiful plane and nice work thanks for posting!
Mactrip100
Mactrip100 28 दिन पहले
The Russians found the Airacobra equal to a 109, that surprised me.
Ales Persin
Ales Persin 29 दिन पहले
Again plane for the Yanks. Fat, rich like to buy everything.
Josh Stanton
Josh Stanton 29 दिन पहले
holy shit they're working on a hornet project :O
Dennis Mayfield
Dennis Mayfield 29 दिन पहले
Please don’t give me a P-39 with the engine mounted behind, it will tumble and roll and dig a big hole, please please don’t give me a P-39
Estebahn Randolph
Estebahn Randolph 29 दिन पहले
This was the A 10 of it's time! 30 mm in the nose ! Russians used it do just that ! Bust Panzers open ! visibility from cockpit is excellent . You can see what's down in front you rather then sitting further back like in mustang.
Black Edelweiss
Black Edelweiss 29 दिन पहले
Absolutely hideous looking, but fun to shoot down in IL-2.
Valisk
Valisk 21 दिन पहले
There were a few guys on Hyperlobby that mastered it and could get a tune out of it, but everyone else who used to 'yank 'n bank' ended up in a terminal flat spin!
Brian White
Brian White 29 दिन पहले
My father found this plane on Cape York in 1971, while he was Chief Geologist for Comalco Aluminium Limited, part of the RIO empire. I had the pilot's logbook in my hands in 1972. The pilot was found living in the southern US. He was brought back to watch the recovery, only to see the RAAF demolish the front ends of the three aircraft found by my father in great condition, due to unexploded ordnance still loaded inside. It's been a long hard road for this aircraft and well done bravo to those who ponied up to rescue this amazing piece of history.
mark Bulich,Sr.
mark Bulich,Sr. 29 दिन पहले
why do Aussies and new zealanders end every sentence with a high note? just curious
Historical Aviation Film Unit
Historical Aviation Film Unit 28 दिन पहले
It's what we do! :-)
ColorUsBlue
ColorUsBlue 29 दिन पहले
Regardless of the conceptual reason for the aircraft design, what is lost on most is how creative, innovative, and ingenious the Kiwi's truly are. Amazing people -
Cameron Smith
Cameron Smith 29 दिन पहले
Simply stunning
A Rock.
A Rock. 29 दिन पहले
I can imagine hearing a THUD behind you and seeing the whole back of your plane ripped off by a 37mm gun (Yeah, I know. It's a ground striker)
Kirk Shipp
Kirk Shipp 29 दिन पहले
The plane is beautiful. Pretty as my wife the first day we met. I've seen a non flying P-39 @ Wright Pat AFB in Dayton, OH. It is tiny compared to many other WWII planes they have on display. These guys have to be sharp. There probably isn't a Chilton's manual laying around showing how to restore this plane , lol. Who knows how many parts these guys had to fab or mill from scratch!? Masterfully done work through and through. I'd love to see videos of other planes they have restored. Edit: I found their website www.pioneeraero.co.nz/
Doug Slovak
Doug Slovak 29 दिन पहले
Excellent video and excellent work Mr. McSweeny! Your knowledge, craftsmanship, and enthusiasm for these planes is very admirable. Thank you for educating me on this beautiful bird.
Ivor Biggun
Ivor Biggun 29 दिन पहले
Definitely an aircraft that looked a lot better than it actually was. What did they call it? A P-400? A P-40 with a Zero on its tail.
tom hart
tom hart 28 दिन पहले
P400 was an early export version. The 400 was because it was supposed to be able to hit 400mph. Actually only got to about 370. Most were for the Brits but they decided they didn't want it because of high altitude performance. USAAC took them over after Pearl Harbor. If you ever see the Guadalcanal pics of the shark mouthed planes those are P400s. You can tell by the longer cannon barrel sticking out-those are Brit specced 20mm not the US 37mm. Also oxygen system was British which wasn't compatible with US equipment further hampering high altitude capabilities. But in late '42 early '43 we used what we had,
Brian Flygare
Brian Flygare 29 दिन पहले
Famous lend lease plane. Favorite plane for Russian pilot. They were full of 🍫chocolates when delivered to Russia.
hijkl hijkl
hijkl hijkl 29 दिन पहले
Where is the propellor ? Why show an aircraft without a prop ?
Historical Aviation Film Unit
Historical Aviation Film Unit 28 दिन पहले
Because it's being repaired. It's back on the aircraft now.
TheBic4
TheBic4 29 दिन पहले
that 37mm is bomber nightmare fuel when i play warthunder.
fanobennemsi
fanobennemsi 29 दिन पहले
Great work. Thanks for restoring this beauty.
mike klaene
mike klaene 29 दिन पहले
Every aircraft design is a series of tradeoffs. I will have to make a trip to VA Beach when it gets there. I like the Kiwi attitude - a lot like the USA was 50 years ago.
Greg Moonen
Greg Moonen 29 दिन पहले
Yet another example of an excellent fighter rejected by the U.S. that had special qualities other countries appreciated much more....
tom hart
tom hart 29 दिन पहले
Here is a link to a site about a P-39 that was pulled out of a Russian lake a few years ago. It's interesting because the pilot was still inside as was the planes log book from the time it left the factory. warrelics.eu/forum/armour-weapons-aircraft/p-39-airacobra-recovered-mart-jarv-lake-northern-russia-522/
Humble Trekker
Humble Trekker 29 दिन पहले
I'm no expert but I think it needs a propellor
Almonte Paolilli
Almonte Paolilli 29 दिन पहले
Excellent video. Beautiful reconditioned aircraft.
Dug6666666
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I've seen one here in Adelaide at the Classic Jets Fighter Museum. It certainly took me back to see the engine in the middle of the fuselage, it makes more sense now to hear about the nose canon. According to their web site it is currently relocated to Moscow for display.
Nicko Renegades
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Brilliant. Beautiful achievement with the cobra & when I thought the Hornet was utterly lost to history these magnificent kiwis are at it. Good on you guys 👏
Vincent Vega
Vincent Vega महीने पहले
I have never seen one of these!!! Absolutely beautiful tho!!
Ernest Reichardt
Ernest Reichardt महीने पहले
In Beauty I think it is comparable to the P-51 Mustangs ! The Russians seem to like them ! You can Park one in my hanger anytime !
Keith Allver
Keith Allver महीने पहले
I see the armchair experts are out in force.
Magnificent Failure
Magnificent Failure महीने पहले
It's sad that the P-39 doesn't get near enough credit for the influence it had on the Me-262. There's no way it could have been a coincidence. Kingcobras look just like 2-seat 262's and Airacobras look just like single-seater 262's.
Jameson Dymond
Jameson Dymond महीने पहले
My uncle would love this
Christopher Roberts
Christopher Roberts महीने पहले
Sorry to be that guy, but were is the propeller?
Historical Aviation Film Unit
Historical Aviation Film Unit महीने पहले
Under repair, getting ready to be installed.
frugalaudio
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Likely built right here in Buffalo, New York. Grandpa worked for Bell in those years, and through to the '70s.
Steve Freeland
Steve Freeland महीने पहले
Great video. Informed commentary; so many are quick to dismiss P-39 and its contribution to checking the advance of the Japanese in the dark days of 1942. Clearly the aircraft was far from perfect, but as Mr. McSweeney observed, when flow respecting its limitations, it was a capable aircraft. Great book about flying these a/c in the Pacific Theater is: Nanette by Edwards Park. www.amazon.com/Nanette-Her-Pilots-Love-Story/dp/039305618X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1548311762&sr=8-1&keywords=nanette+edwards+park Question: Why does New Zealand have such a robust warbird restoration industry?
Neal Smith
Neal Smith महीने पहले
Great job on the P 39 and thanks for an enjoyable and educational interview. The man obviously knows his stuff.
Sailing Lighthouse
Sailing Lighthouse महीने पहले
USA is looking at buying small airplanes like this to use again because they do not always need a $35 Billion dollar Jet for simple missions. These are great for recon for short range like scouting areas near a mobile air base or scouting for a MASH unit to set up. No sense in sending up something to do a basic scouting job and it can also do light support for foot patrols near bases or cover for a vehicle patrol.
Axemantitan
Axemantitan महीने पहले
With that 37mm cannon, it should have made a great tank buster if the stall speed is low enough.
Shawn Skinner
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Always heard (or read) that these planes were used by the US Army air forces in the Pacific and the Japanese Zero's out flew them to the point that they took them out of service. A beautiful aircraft used for the wrong purpose I suppose.
Gerard Guitarist
Gerard Guitarist महीने पहले
What a beautiful bird!
Dave Hanson
Dave Hanson महीने पहले
Nice restoration, but unfortunately the P 39 wasn't that great an aircraft...
Will Warden
Will Warden महीने पहले
Great job
Dan Watson
Dan Watson महीने पहले
Wish they did a tour of the plane rather than talking about it. Beautiful restoration for what was seen.
Walter Shumate
Walter Shumate महीने पहले
there is another in a barn that served as an airplane hangar at an impromptu field somewhere near sekiu Washington. the war ended and the man got out of the service the government never asked and so he kept his ship!
Gary Manis
Gary Manis महीने पहले
Nice to hear something good about the P-39. Thanks for posting.
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