Unique to the P-39 is the tricycle type nose gear and mid-engine configuration allowing for 37 mm canon in the nose, requiring no prop synchronizing. Car style doors are also unusual and since the pilot could not open them against the airstream, they were designed to be jettisoned. Less than three flight worthy P-39s are known to exist today.

Only the P-39 and P-40 first line fighters were available to the AAF at the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The P-39 was of great service in the destruction of ground targets in many of the theaters of WWII. Tanks were poorly protected from an attack from above making them a favorite victim of the P-39. Total production numbered 9,558, of this number more than half were supplied to Russia through the Lend-Lease program.

This P-39 was recovered from an abandoned landing strip in Tadji, New Guinea.  The nine year restoration of this aircraft was completed March 2002.

DISPLAY STATUS COUNTRY OF ORIGIN CURRENT LOCATION
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PURPOSE & TYPE MATERIALS ERA & DATE RANGE
Bomber, Fighter  Steel World War II
1939 – 1945
PRODUCTION &
ACQUISITION
SPECIFICATIONS SERVICE HISTORY
MFG: Bell
First Produced: 1941
Number Built: 9,558 total; 3,095 N Models
Armament: (1) 37 mm hub canon, (2) .50 caliber machine guns through prop, (4) .30 bombThis P-39 was recovered from an abandoned landing strip in Tadji, New Guinea.  The nine year restoration of this aircraft was completed March 2002.
Wingspan: 34’
Wing Area: 213 sq ft
Length: 30’2”
Height: 11’10”
Empty Weight: 5,659 lbs
Gross Weight: 7,430 lbs
Powerplant: Allison V1710-85
Thrust:
Cruise Speed: 200 mph
Maximum Speed: 386 mph
Range: 1,475 miles
Delivered: December 7, 1942

December 21, 1942 – Delivered to RAF Shipped directly to England from Brooklyn, NY.