max speed: 621 KM/H
Initially called the Bell P-39 Caribou, its name was changed to Airacobra  during its development. In general, aircraft of the time had their design based on the engine.
The Airacobra had its drawing totally created based on the primary weapon, a 37mm barrel that was left in the nose.
The Bell put the barrel there to increase the accuracy of the shots and to prevent the strong recoil of the weapon from the pilot losing his aim. The engine, then, was placed immediately behind the cockpit  and was connected to the propeller shaft by a cardan transmission that passed immediately below the pilot's feet.
The unique position of the engine radically altered the center of gravity of the aircraft, forcing the Bell to make the weight set in configuration with tricycle landing gear (until then, all fighters in the world had landing gears in normal configuration or conventional), being that the Airacobra was the first fighter in the world with this configuration.
The cockpit cover also had a differentiated pattern, focused on maximum visibility from the outside. For that, instead of placing a door at the top, a side door was placed to the left of the cabin.
- Successors 1 airplane(s)
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- Wingspan 32.9ft (10.0m)
- Length 30.2ft (9.2m)
- Height 12.6ft (3.8m)
- Empty Weight 7,055lbs (3,200kg)
- Loaded Weight 8,653lbs (3,925kg)
- Horse Power/Weight Ratio 0.041
- Wing Loading 6.7lbs/ft2 (32.8kg/m2)
- Wing Area 1,288.3ft2 (119.7m2)
- Drag Points 1000
- Number of Parts 526
- Control Surfaces 0