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Bell P-39Q-15, The Unwanted Airacobra

P-39Q-15 Airacobra Video

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MagusGerhardt #1 Posted 06 September 2016 - 06:35 AM

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The Bell P-39 Airacobra is an interesting aircraft.  It was the most successful combat design produced by Bell Aircraft, but it didn't rack up its kill count with American pilots.  The Airacobra was perfect for Soviet use for all the same reasons that it was mostly rejected in Western European air doctrine.  A fast aircraft that turns well and carries a modestly heavy armament is desirable on the Eastern front even if it can't climb to and perform at higher altitudes.  As a result the Airacobra flies with similarity to the Russian light fighters around her and can benefit from the same tricks, pilot skills and equipment loadouts as the other tier V to VI Russian fighters.  


Of particular note is her main cannon; a 37mm monster mounted in her hub; it does *massive* damage but fires slowly, overheats quickly, and isn't the most accurate thing in the world.  Get up close and personal to get the best use out of her.  Her pair of 50cals are accurate and do decent damage but can't be the source of all your damage in a tier VI match; learning to hit with the cannon on deflection and chasing shots does improve your chances with the Airacobra.


All this being said; the aircraft obviously isn't strong against the high alt meta, but occasions like the DRACS post-clanwars scrims give the aircraft a chance to shine in an environment artificially crafted to turn her loose in.  Which is exactly what the battle shown is.  The first fight's a little rough.  That low framerate isn't just from capture and production; I was actually dealing with framerates close to this low during the battle.  Needless to say it made landing hits or being evasive somewhat problematic.  Thankfully that problem sorted itself out by the beginning of the second scrimmage match with same teams and same rules of engagement.


Good hunting!  :honoring:



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TeamTerrible #2 Posted 06 September 2016 - 11:40 AM

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That title had me thinking Magus ran into the same person i saw in this plane last night


You wouldn't want this player either as they were hitting gts in this plane, lol



Good video as always bud!! but the title gave me painful flashbacks






Sassover #3 Posted 06 September 2016 - 05:45 PM

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I really wish they would do a US one already !



CrayoIaCrayon #4 Posted 07 September 2016 - 05:01 AM

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This was so fun.  We need to start doing this after all clan war battles with different tiers and planes.

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Caecias #5 Posted 07 September 2016 - 08:15 PM

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View Post20thCenturyLtd, on 06 September 2016 - 12:45 PM, said:

I really wish they would do a US one already !


Yep. +1



tahee59 #6 Posted 09 September 2016 - 12:17 AM

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I miss the fun.


FreeFOXMIKE #7 Posted 09 September 2016 - 06:42 AM

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The Bell P-39 Airacobra may have been the least-loved American fighter of World War II. Most Americans piloted the P-39 only during training and were almostUNIVERSALLYarrow-10x10.pngunimpressed. A handful flew the P-39 in combat in North Africa, the Aleutians and the South Pacific.


332 was one of the few that had them in combat under US banner .



The Airacobra was one of the first production fighters to be conceived as a "weapons system"

A common Western misconception is that the Bell fighters were used as ground attack aircraft. This is because the Soviet term for the mission of the P-39, prikrytiye sukhoputnykh voysk (coverage of ground forces) is commonly translated ground support, which is often taken to mean close air support. In Soviet usage, it has a broader meaning. Soviet-operated P-39s did make strafing attacks, but it was "never a primary mission or strong suit for this aircraft".[53] The Soviets developed successful group aerial fighting tactics for the Bell fighters and scored a surprising number of aerial victories over a variety of German aircraft. Soviet P-39s had no trouble dispatching Junkers Ju 87 Stukas or German twin-engine bombers and matched, and in some areas surpassed, early and mid-war Messerschmitt Bf 109s. The usual nickname for the Airacobra in the VVS was Kobrushka ("little cobra") orKobrastochka, a blend of Kobra and Lastochka (swallow), "dear little cobra



Edited by FreeFOXMIKE, 09 September 2016 - 06:52 AM.

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