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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Trevor Gale
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So who was the idiot who allowed such a rare aircraft out of Australia?? - I am one pissed off Aussie!!
Tony Yomomma
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Nice bird. Don’t see many around anymore.
ccalidor 4 दिन पहले
Good job, man on the plane!
BIGGLES flys again
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...."run it down the side of the fuse"......fuse....:):):):)
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CoBBBra....cob o' corn ??? In the USA it is known as a CO-bra. Trust the Aussies to buggar up an English word !
BIGGLES flys again
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I admit I used think that way when living in OZ but when I settled over in the USA, I found that pronunciation to be 'off the mark' , especially when delivered through the nose, as lads in OZ do....the nasal presentation ! Carry On, though, because tourists love the accent and are attracted to the bogan colloquialisms. +Historical Aviation Film Unit
Historical Aviation Film Unit
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There-in lies your problem -- it's an English word, perhaps it's the Yanks who've buggered it up! ;-)
talleyrand 14 दिन पहले
In the 60s there was one sitting on a ww2 strip north of Wewak, Pilots name was McDermott on the side of the aircraft, several Jap flags painted on its side below the name.Some where I have pics or a movie in 8mm ,will now go looking through box,s of memories sadly Emil Glaus had the scrap rights and there were many American bombers as well sitting there and quite possibly all ended up at Simms scrap metal
Stu Bur
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P-39 is often underrated. It had some superior flight characteristics compared to the P-40 such as speed, power/weight, rate of climb, and service ceiling. Both aircraft had poor power at high altitudes but for some reason the Warhawk has received less criticism for this than the Aerocobra. While neither one was ideal for high altitude fighting they both performed well at lower altitudes and were both produced in large numbers.
Luis Felipy
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Awesome job! This really a masterpiece.
Pieter I. du Plessis
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One of the most beautiful and cute aircraft ever built. Most interesting video, thanks.
Rudy Bishop
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good show mate - I’m ah Yank in California - land of fruits and nuts Thx for putting me plane back together and get it back home to the states so some of are worthless kids might take a little interest in the greatest generation - cheers !
ArizonaXR महीने पहले
Mmmhmmm...yeah......mmhmm.....Oh really...yeah....wow....hehhehehe...yeah...yeah..yeah..
whatthefuckiswrongwithyou? asshole
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That is an odd place for the engine
Henry Piper
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Why is this plane so rare?
Historical Aviation Film Unit
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Not many survivors. This is now only the third airworthy example in the world.
Captain turbo splooge
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While I respect and love the look of the airacobra the story behind it is really sad and unfortunate. If it would have gotten the engine set up it was intended to it really could have been something special but sadly it was just another inline v12 with the only difference being that it was behind the pilot
Ian S
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Myself and my nephew paid a visit whilst on holiday in NZ great company very friendly keep up the good work guys
factinator33 महीने पहले
Russia made great use of the airacobra
jchoneandonly महीने पहले
That plane was legendary..... In a bad way.
Jeffery Yearwood
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We gave a huge number of these to the Soviet Union in WWII, as they were considered obsolete by the start of the war-John in Texas
Nick Sajuuk-Khaar
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It's the WW2 version of the A10 Thunderbolt :)
Nick Sajuuk-Khaar
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​+dr bichat Did you not see the smiley emoticon I put after my statement? Do you have Asperger's?
dr bichat
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Nick Sajuuk-Khaar no it wasn’t.
Charles Cosimano
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As the war continued it was fitted with package guns and was a truly deadly ground support aircraft because its small size made it difficult to hit. The Russians could not get get enough of them.
dr bichat
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Charles Cosimano it was used as a fighter by the Russians. They only attacked ground targets if there was an opportunity
Michael Meyers
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One of the most beautiful airplanes from WWII. The curves are only rivaled by the P-38,
Chris Brent
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I wonder if it’s the one that used to be at drage air world in Wangaratta. That one was almost complete
Logan Taylor
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Interesting to look at, a dog to fly i have hearx
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Please don't give me a p-39" with an engine that's mounted behind" it will tumble and roll"🎼🎶 and dig a big hole" please don't give me a p 39🎼
Master Cheez
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So they started building the plane around the gun? So is this the A-10's great uncle?
Master Cheez
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+Logan Taylor True true. And look how they turned out! Beautiful warbirds.
Logan Taylor
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Master Cheez not exactly but the design ethos is quite similar, it was more about maximising firepower ti destroy enemy aircraft instead of tanks ect
Jonathan Hansen
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I got to go to New Zealand to see this!
Historical Aviation Film Unit
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It's being put into a container this week and will be shipped soon. I'm guessing that in 6-8 weeks it'll be in the USA and being put back together.
Jonathan Hansen
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Historical Aviation Film Unit Do you know when? I live in California, but Im crazy enough to fly across country just to see it! Heck I was lucky enough to have the last flying B-24 fly over my apartment in Riverside California. I knew it from the sound and ran out side to watch it!
Historical Aviation Film Unit
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It's going to be in Virginia Beach, USA soon enough!
Jonathan Hansen
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They didn’t fly too well against the A6M Zero but the Russians loved them. It was the favorite mount of many of the best Soviet Aces. The 37mm cannon they had was carried over to the MiG15. Which made them a fearsome, and probably best fighter of the early jet age.
Logan Taylor
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I have heard varing and mixed opions from soviet pilots about the p-39 and i have to say i think that it wasnt a well regarded as you say, i know that it flew much better when they got rid of the 30cals
David O'Neill
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My Father flew the P39, in WW II, not sure where because he flew in all theaters of the war, with 3 different aircraft, (P39, P40, P47). He was an ace, died in 1998, at 76 years old, I have a lot of letters and Medals from him, just need to start reading all of them.
SweeTtaterpie 3.14
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Love the Skyhawk style landing gear arrangement, curious if that new LSV12 engine would push that fuselage.
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Cockpit section of the fuselage manufactured bu Hudson Motor Car company of Detroit MI.
James Greene
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I was in a museum in Beacer County Pa and had a chance to work on 2 P39 aircraft. They were basket cases, just the body. This was back in the late 90's.
vrosi1963 महीने पहले
Were is the first test flight video that was a week ago.
Historical Aviation Film Unit
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Not on this channel, sadly. Unfortunately we were not able to film any of the test flights. Not happy about it, but that's life sometimes... :-(
Sam O'Nella University
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Harder than hell to hit with the cannon in WarThunder.
FirstDagger महीने पहले
Try SB, that is where the P-39 and P-63 shine.
Steve Jauncey
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The Royal Air force P39 was with 601 Squadron stationed at Duxford.
Steve Jauncey
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The Royal Air force Aircop
Arthur Hu
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car style door. pretty much only successful plane ever made by Bell
Lance Rambert
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Rare because we sent most of them to the Soviet Union.
Avanti2Man! Uscgsam
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Always thought that the P39 was the best looking aircraft of WW2 and still think it’s great looking.
AV8TOR महीने पहले
Awesome workmanship. I bet the mounting of the engine near or over the C of G / C of P made for excellent control of the aircraft.
Anthony Handcock
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It looks like a Spitfire crashed into the back of a Me262... This is a good thing.
Runs with a Fox
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The CAF Ghost squadron had one back in the day.
BlackHeartGuitar महीने पहले
Wow, all love and kisses for this airplane. Not pilot friendly, because of the mid-engine, CG issue, but probably the BEST fighter cockpit of WW2. There is a video of one guy stalling in a low level loop (?WTF) at an airshow if you can find it. Going way too slow for a low level loop (probably 240 knots) when easily you should be doing 300 in any single engine WW2 fighter, especially at low level. Stalls right at the top and ker-plewey. There is also WW2 training footage of 2 crashing mid air low level, pretty ''famous''.
Renato Medeiros
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Can this unit still fly?
Historical Aviation Film Unit
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It is undergoing post-restoration flight testing now. Unfortunately we're unlikely to have an opportunity to film it flying while it's still in NZ. Will be heading to the USA soon.
Dean Overholt
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I visited a P-39 downed on Mili Atoll back in 1981...was still in great shape even though it nose dived into the center of this small island which was a Jap air base that was bypassed. Still had the army stars on the wings! The army and navy blasted these islandss as practice. Still this on went down with no real visible biullet holes. Maybe the golden bb got the pilot. There is am undamaged still standing (in Ferbruary 1981) AM6 Zero about 200 hundred yards away along the west isde of the airstrip.
mcm95403 महीने पहले
GORGEOUS restoration! I've always loved the P-39 and the later P-63.
c7042 2 महीने पहले
Made a terrible plastic Cox .049 control line flyer as I recalled. Looked great but wouldn't fly.😎
MarsFKA 2 महीने पहले
A Hornet in the pipeline. Most interesting. Excellent video. I didn't know about the P-39 project.
Cid Dax
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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you are an idiot
okrajoe 2 महीने पहले
What a beautiful restoration. Amazing work.
Don F
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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
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I wish it had sound
Historical Aviation Film Unit
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We're working on that! Keep watching!
lumox7 2 महीने 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.
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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
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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.
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It sounds to me like this is the great granddaddy to the Fairchild Republic A10 Thunderbolt II.
A Bit Of A Pickel
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One of my favorite planes. An underdog in aviation
Matthew Ogg
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thats gonna be at wings over wairarapa aint it is what i heard
Fuzzy Butkus
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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
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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
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Luv to fly this plane
corpsetime 2 महीने पहले
beautiful machine.
Gary Pugh
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Always wondered,..how's weight and balance ? Slightly tail heavy ? Can it spin recover ? 🇺🇸
G Crauwels
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It's really a shame that this airframe didn't have a turbocharger or a Packard-built Merlin.
Savage Savant
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The P-39 was basically an "all-rounder" ...Jack of all -master of none.
Savage Savant
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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
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Ahh yes, but being hit by a 20mm cannon shell, or going down in flames is a pretty horrible death as well!
Nathaniel Salzman
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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.
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Probably our most advanced aircraft at the start of the war.
e r
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The Luftwaffe swatted these p39s like flies......Soviet/Russian pilots are overrated.
Paul Reed
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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
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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
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I know it's weird -- what's to Dislike about this video....?
banana junior 9000
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Do we no longer call this a strafing warbird?
Historical Aviation Film Unit
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We don't if it doesn't strafe! ;-)
Kiwi Bonsai
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Nice , more history saved :)
Dalton Dickens
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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
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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 2 महीने पहले
prop shaft between your legs , meh
G A Pratt
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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
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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
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Sounds like a great place to live. :-)
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Awesome video
Historical Aviation Film Unit
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Thanks, glad you liked it.
Armin 2 महीने पहले
Amazing Aircraft. I love that these people that keep these birds alive.
James Kirk
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Al gore designed and built this plane
Metal Head
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They got shipped to Russia and they loved them
komi sar
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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
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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
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Just look at that proper english gent at 10m31s.... probably on his way to dinner.
Wiseguy1408 2 महीने 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 2 महीने 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
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Ha ha!
Thomas Sayles
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I thought the P-38 and the P-51 were both supercharged....
666toysoldier 2 महीने 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
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The 37mm cannon was very useful against bombers.
Joshua Andrews
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i would love to live in newzeland
Historical Aviation Film Unit
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To be fair, it IS a great place! :-)
Bailey Donaldson-Fitt
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I live I new zealand I better go and have a look at this it'd be amazing
Jonno2summit 2 महीने 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 2 महीने 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 2 महीने 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 2 महीने 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 3 महीने पहले
great job fellas...keeping those warbirds alive an well....👍
talon2pro 3 महीने पहले
Impressive rebuild! Looks "Factory New". The 37mm with the right ammo is a formidable enemy.
Ricky Warner
Ricky Warner 3 महीने पहले
This is a p400
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