Bell P-39J Airacobra (Model 15B)

The P-39J designation was given to the last twenty-five aircraft ordered as P-39F Airacobras. The only difference between the two versions of the Airacobra was the use of an improved Allison V-1710-59 (E12) engine in the P-39J in place of the -34 engine used in the P-39F.

Bell P-39 Airacobra, Robert F. Dorr with Jerry C. Scutts (Crowood Aviation). A detailed looked at the development and service history of this controversial American fighter aircraft. The P-39 had a poor reputation amongst British and American pilots, and Dorr examines the reasons why, as well as looking at why the same aircraft was so much more popular in Soviet Service. Scutts provides a chapter on the P-63 Kingcobra, and the book also covers the numerous Bell fighter projects that failed to enter production.
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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (7 July 2008), Bell P-39J Airacobra (Model 15B), http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_P-39J.html

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