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P-39 Airacobra Aces of World War 2 - (Aircraft of the Aces (Osprey)) by John Stanaway (Paperback)

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Specifications

Number of Pages: 96

Genre: History

Series Title: Aircraft of the Aces (Osprey)

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Osprey Publishing (UK)

Book theme: Aviation

Author: John Stanaway

Language: English

Street Date: July 25, 2001
TCIN: 77140301
UPC: 9781841762043
Item Number (DPCI): 247-48-5568

Description

The first American fighter fitted with a tricyle undercarriage and mid-mounted engine, the P-39 proved less than successful in the hands of its launch customer, the US Army Air Force (AAF). Hampered by unreliabilty and poor engine performance at high altitude, the P-39 nevertheless served alongside the P-40 and P-38 in the bitter struggle to capture Guadalcanal in 1942/43, as well as seeing much action over the jungles of New Guinea. Around a dozen AAF aces scored five kills with the P-39, although this total was far outstripped by the Soviet Red Air Force, whose pilots rated the Airacobra as one of the best lend-lease fighters of the war.
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