Bell P-39K Airacobra (Model 26A)
The Bell P-39K Airacobra designation was given to the first 210 aircraft that had originally been ordered as the P-39G. This model of the Airacobra was powered by the 1,325hp Allison V-1710-63 (E6) engine, and equipped with the 10ft 4in Aeroproducts propeller. It was ordered on 25 August 1941.
Of the 210 aircraft produced six were modified to act as ground-attack aircraft by fitting weapon racks under the wings, while one aircraft became the prototype for the P-39N, equipped with the V-1710-85 engine and a 11ft 7in propeller.
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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Rickard, J (8 July 2008), Bell P-39K Airacobra (Model 26A) , http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_P-39K.html