Bell P-39L Airacobra (Model 26B)
The Bell P-39L Airacobra designation was given to 250 aircraft produced with the Allison V-1710-63 engine and a 10ft 4in Curtiss Electric propeller. These aircraft had originally been ordered as P-39Gs, and other than the propeller were virtually identical to the P-39K. Eleven of these aircraft were modified to become photo-reconnaissance aircraft and given the designation P-39L-2.
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-39L Airacobra (Model 26B) , http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_P-39L.html