- Delivered: December 7, 1942
- December 21, 1942 – Delivered to RAF
- Shipped directly to England from Brooklyn, NY.
Unique to the P-39 is the tricycle type nose gear and midengine 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.
Only the P-39 and P-40 first line fighters were avai lable 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. Less than three flight worthy P-39s are known to exist today.