P-39K-1 (USSR)

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RANK 5 BRITAIN
Hunter FGA.9 PACK
▂P-39K-1 Airacobra
p-39k_1.png
Cockpit
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
3.0/3.0/3.7BR
Class
1 personCrew
3.5 tTake-off weight
3.22 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
9 500 mCeiling
Allison V-1710-63Engine
InlineType
waterCooling system
Speed of destruction
886 km/hStructural
322 km/hGear
Offensive armament
37 mm M4 cannonWeapon 1
30 roundsAmmunition
146 shots/minFire rate
2 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gunWeapon 2
400 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
4 x 7.62 mm Browning machine gunWeapon 3
1 200 roundsAmmunition
1 001 shots/minFire rate
Economy
1 000 Ge icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png2 900/3 710/1 350Repair
8 100 Sl icon.pngCrew training
54 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
250 Ge icon.pngAces
124 × 2 Talisman.png % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
240 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png220 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png70 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png
This page is about the premium Russian fighter ▂P-39K-1 Airacobra. For other uses, see P-39 (Family).

Description

GarageImage P-39K-1 USSR.jpg


The ▂P-39K-1 Airacobra is a premium rank II Soviet fighter with a battle rating of 3.7 (AB) and 3.0 (RB/SB). It has been in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.27. It costs 1,000 Golden Eagles.

General info

Flight performance

Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 3,900 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 563 546 9 500 21.2 22.0 8.7 8.7 300
Upgraded 622 590 19.5 20.0 18.8 12.9

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
X X
Limits
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
886 322 420 340 233 ~12 ~9
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 360 < 380 < 450 > 312
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
4,000 m 1,150 hp 1,479 hp

Survivability and armour

  • 6 mm steel behind oil cooling system
  • 6 mm steel behind pilot
  • 15.87 mm steel in front of pilot
  • 15.87 mm ring immediately behind propeller hub
  • 38 mm bulletproof glass in front of pilot
  • 64 mm bulletproof glass behind pilot
  • Self sealing fuel tanks (one in each wing)

Armaments

Offensive armament

The P-39K-1 (USSR) is armed with:

  • 1 x 37 mm M4 cannon, nose-mounted (30 rpg)
  • 2 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine guns, nose-mounted (200 rpg = 400 total)
  • 4 x 7.62 mm Browning machine guns, wing-mounted (300 rpg = 1,200 total)

Usage in battles

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Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Controllable
Not auto controlled
Controllable
Auto control available
Controllable
Auto control available
Separate Not controllable
1 gear
Not controllable

Modules

Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Radiator Offensive 12 mm Offensive 7 mm
II Compressor Airframe New 12 mm MGs New 7 mm MGs
III Wings repair Engine
IV Engine injection Cover New 37 mm cannons
This is a premium vehicle: all modifications are unlocked on purchase

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Good fire power
  • Well armoured
  • Cockpit has good visibility
  • Powerful engine

Cons:

  • 37 mm M4 cannon isn't very accurate
  • No suspended ordnance options
  • The engine is centrally mounted, taking engine damage while being chased is common

History

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In-game description

In developing this aircraft, the Bell designers came up against two global problems. The first was that the P-39 was intended for export, and there was no way around this. The impossibility of fitting a turbo compressor to the low-altitude Allison engine (for fully explicable reasons) was one reason why the aircraft was never able to achieve a worthy place in the US air forces. The nature of air combat, both in Europe and the Far East, prevented the P-39 from making use of its advantages, while it was not possible to rectify its main drawback - its poor high-speed performance - because of the ban on exporting turbo compressors outside the USA.

The second global problem was connected to a technical failure in the production of the 20 mm Hispano-Suiza AN-M1/M2C cannon by the Bendix company. This was the first problem the Bell specialists tried to tackle. The Bell specialists initially tried to solve this problem themselves. The virtually unusable 20 mm cannon was replaced by the old, heavy but more reliable Colt-Browning M4. The cannon had a lot of faults, mainly its low rate of fire and extremely inadequate stock of ammunition - only 30 shells. On the other hand, in spite of its weight, it could easily be fitted in the front part of the Cobra's fuselage; furthermore, it has one incomparable advantage over the Bendix product - it actually fired.

It must be noted that the M1 cannon was not always fitted onto the first series of the P-39, you could find the M4 here and there. Only the Model 26 (P-39G) carried the M4 as standard equipment. However, it did not go into production, but became the founder of a whole number of virtually identical series from P-39K to P-39Q. The main units were borrowed from the quite promising P-39D-2 series.

The P39K differed from the earlier models in its engine, the Allison V-1710-63, which was successfully tested in that same D-2. It was fitted with an afterburner system. It developed a nominal power of 1352 h.p. and 1550 h.p. in WEP (War Emergency Power) mode. The K series was the only one fitted with such an engine along with a three-bladed Aeroprop propeller. It was a full 360 kg heavier than the D-2, although externally, apart from the propeller, there was no visible difference. In fact, the extra weight was due to additional armor plating, which was used beginning with the K and on all subsequent series.

Altogether, by August 1941, 210 examples of the series K-1-BE, K-2-BE and K-5-BE, which were virtually identical, were built. Forty of them were sent to the USSR.

Notable pilots

  • Alexander Pokryshkin flew the ▂P-39K-1 Airacobra during the battle of Kuban starting his 47 kill-streak with the P-39 series lend-lease aircraft.

Media

The Shooting Range #55 - Pages of History section at 03:35 discusses the Soviet P-39.

See also

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External links

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Bell Aircraft Corporation
Aircraft 
Fighters  P-39N-0 · P-39Q-5
  P-400
  P-63A-10 · P-63A-5 · P-63C-5 · ␠Kingcobra
Jet Fighters  P-59A
Export  ▂P-39K-1 · ▂Pokryshkin's P-39N-0 · ▂P-39Q-15
  ▂P-63A-5 · ▂P-63A-10 · ▂P-63C-5 · ▄P-63C-5
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Utility  UH-1B · UH-1C · UH-1C XM-30
Export / Licensed  ▅UH-1B · ▀UH-1D
  ▅AH-1S early · ▅AH-1S · ▅AH-1S Kisarazu
See Also  Fuji Heavy Industries

USSR fighters
I-15  I-15 WR · I-15 M-22 · I-15R · I-15bis
I-153  I-153 M-62 · Zhukovsky's I-153-M62 · I-153P
I-16  I-16 type 5 · I-16 type 10 · I-16 type 18 · I-16 type 24 · I-16 type 27 · I-16 type 28 · I-180S
I-185  I-185 (M-71) · I-185 (M-82)
I-225  I-225
MiG-3  MiG-3-15 · MiG-3-15 (BK) · MiG-3-34
LaGG  I-301 · LaGG-3-4 · LaGG-3-8 · LaGG-3-11 · LaGG-3-23 · LaGG-3-34 · LaGG-3-35 · LaGG-3-66
La  La-5 · La-5F · La-5FN · La-7 · Dolgushin's La-7 · La-7B-20 · La-9 · La-11
Yak-1/7  Yak-1 · Yak-1B · Yak-7B
Yak-3  Yak-3 · Yak-3P · Yak-3T · Yak-3U · Yak-3 (VK-107)
Yak-9  Yak-9 · Yak-9B · Golovachev's Yak-9M · Yak-9T · Yak-9K · Yak-9U · Yak-9UT · Yak-9P
Other countries  ▂P-40E-1 · ▂P-47D-27 · ▂Hurricane Mk IIB · ▂Fw 190 D-9 · ▂Spitfire Mk IXc
P-39  ▂P-39K-1 · ▂Pokryshkin's P-39N-0 · ▂P-39Q-15
P-63  ▂P-63A-5 · ▂P-63A-10 · ▂P-63C-5

USSR premium aircraft
Fighters  I-16 type 28 · Zhukovsky's I-153-M62 · I-153P · I-180S · I-301
  LaGG-3-4 · LaGG-3-23 · LaGG-3-34 · Dolgushin's La-7 · La-11
  Yak-3 (VK-107) · Yak-3T · Golovachev's Yak-9M
  ▂P-39K-1 · ▂Pokryshkin's P-39N-0 · ▂P-39Q-15 · ▂P-40E-1 · ▂P-47D-27 · ▂P-63A-5 · ▂P-63A-10 · ▂P-63C-5
  ▂Hurricane Mk IIB · ▂Spitfire Mk IXc · ▂Fw 190 D-9
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Jet fighters  MiG-15bis ISH · MiG-17AS
Attackers  IL-2M "Avenger" · IL-2 M-82 · Tandem MAI
Bombers  Be-6 · MBR-2-M-34 · Pe-2-205 · TB-3M-17-32
  ▂PBY-5a Catalina · ▂Hampden TB Mk I · ▂B-25J-30