|This page is about the American fighter P-39N-0. For other uses, see P-39 (Family).|
The P-39N-0 Airacobra is a Rank II American fighters with a battle rating of 3.3 (AB) and 3.0 (RB/SB). It was introduced into the game sometime prior to Update 1.27.
The primary purpose of a P-39 is that of a low-level interceptor against low energy aircraft. It lacks the high-altitude performance needed to engage strategic-bombers. The 37mm M4's dropping trajectory and slow rate of fire make it useless in head-on passes. Therefore, prioritise low altitude objectives, like escorting attackers & low alt bombers, or prey on the ones of the enemy.
| Max Speed
(km/h at 3,048 m)
| Max altitude
| Turn time
| Rate of climb
| Max Speed
(km/h at 3,048 m)
|Max altitude (meters)||Turn time (seconds)|| Rate of climb
|Take-off run (meters)|
|Combat flap||Take-off flap||Landing flap||Air brakes||Arrestor gear|
| Wing-break speed
| Gear limit
| Combat flap
|Max Static G|
|< 360||< 380||< 450||> 312|
|Optimal altitude||100% Engine power||WEP Engine power|
|3,724 m||1,125 hp||1,556 hp|
Survivability and armour
- 15.87 mm Steel - Propeller hub
- 15.87 mm Steel - Plate in front of the cockpit
- 7 mm Steel - Plate over instrument cluster
- 6 mm Steel - Upper pilot's seat and headrest encasement
- 6 mm Steel - Rear tail
- 38 mm Bulletproof glass - Windscreen
- 64 mm Bulletproof glass - Headrest of pilot's seat
The P-39N-0 is armed with:
- 1 x 37 mm M4 cannon, nose-mounted (30 rpg)
- 2 x 12.7 mm Browning M2 machine gun, nose-mounted (200 rpg = 400 total)
- 4 x 7.62 mm Browning machine guns, wing-mounted (500 rpg outer, 1,000 rpg inner = 3,000 total)
The P-39N-0 can outfit the following ordinance options:
- Without load
- 6 x 118 mm M8 Bazookas
Usage in battles
Basic dogfighting skills apply. Use energy tactics and only fire the cannon only under optimum conditions. A separate key for the main gun is advised. Otherwise utilise the given machine guns at every opportunity. Especially those 7,92 light machine guns in the wings, with 750 rounds per gun you wont run dry that fast. The center/cowling mounted .50cals provide great long range accuracy & harassment.
"Jack of all trades, master of none" is the credo of the Airacobra. Thus the basic tactic is to analyze your opponents weakness and then exploit it. The P-39 will always find an area, it is exceeding the foe. Or at least, is on par to let the skill decide. Given the P-39's sleek and rather aerodynamic form, BnZ is the preferred form of combat. However TnB is an option as well. Again, the P-39 provides all the options a pilot wants "Jack of all traits, master of none".
Manual Engine Control
|Controllable||Controllable||Controllable||Controllable||Separate||Not controllable||Not controllable|
|I||Fuselage Repair||Radiator||Offensive 7 mm|
|II||Compressor||Airframe||New 7 mm MGs||Offensive 12 mm|
|III||Wings Repair||Engine||Offensive 37 mm||New 12 mm MGs|
|IV||Engine Injection||Cover||New 37 mm Cannons||Rocker Launcher M10|
Pros and cons
- Absurd climb rate when upgraded (nearly 25 m/s)
- Heavy Armament
- Great Dive Speed Acceleration/Pickup
- Reasonable Turn Time
- Great amount of 7.62 (.306) ammo (750 RPG)
- "Jack of all trades, but master of none"
- Three different weapon trajectories make aiming difficult, although this is less of a problem if you are a proficient P-400 pilot
- Long countdown for the 37 mm in both overheating and reload
- Easy to stall with full controls
- Cannot fire the 2 MGs separately
- Ammunition count for the M2s is low, limiting their usage time
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"Bell's P-39 Airacobra was a WWII-era American fighter that was notable for its uncommon design: the engine was placed behind the cockpit, and the landing gear moved from the tail to the nose. The aircraft was adopted by five countries: USA, Britain, Soviet Union, Portugal and Australia.
The P-39N was the first variant to be mass produced, with the P-39N-0 getting a new V-1710-85(E19) engine and a 3-blade Aeroproducts propeller with a 3.15 meter diameter. Starting from aircraft #167, some fuel tanks were removed from the wings to reduce weight, and a connection for additional fuel tanks was installed under the hull. To further increase flight performance, Soviet engineers often removed the wing-mounted machine guns, leaving two nose machine guns and a cannon.
As this variant, Bell produced 2,095 aircraft. Most of these were sent to the Soviet Union on the US's Lend-Lease program. In November 1942, the USSR received the first Airacobras, and the fighters showed good results in battle maneuvers at low and moderate altitudes. Many famous Soviet aces — such as Pokrishkin Alexander Ivanovich, Rechkalov Gregory Andreevich, Gulaev Dmitry Nikolaevich and Kutakhov Pavel Stepanovich — piloted the Airacobras during WWII."
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