mnbv_fockewulfe, on 09 November 2016 - 03:21 PM, said:
P-39 would be nice to have, I always thought it was kind of a wild step child of the american airforce. Hence it being adopted by the russians.
The P39 was unusual in that it had its engine mounted in the middle, thus creating a very stable but fragile platform. Many times, the structure of the wings couldn't stand the weight of the engine under strain and the wings just fell off. It was a good concept, nonetheless. I saw one many years ago, when an air show was mounted in a military base down in Guadalajara, Mexico. I used to have a picture of myself beside a P39 during that airshow. It was the Confederate Air Force, BTW. I remember one of the pilots, when looking at a Stearman, that if you rigged a Stearman correctly, you could rig any plane.