Bell P-39Q Airacobra  Pt. 2

These photos were taken by Stewart Bailey

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This particular aircraft is on display at the Air Zoo in Kalamazoo, Michigan  (where I am the education director), and was photographed prior to the opening of our new museum in April, 2004.  Although it carries the markings of a Bell P-400 Airacobra assigned to the 67th Fighter Squadron on Guadalcanal in 1942, this aircraft is actually a P-39Q.  At one point in its life it was owned by Mira Slovak who configured it as a racer named Mr. Mennen, before passing into the hands of the Confederate Air Force.  It was acquired by the Air Zoo in 1981 and has been maintained in airworthy condition, although it has not been flown since the mid-1980s.  It carries the civil registration NX40A.  For more on the Airacobra and the Air Zoo, visit www.airzoo.org

Rudder hinge (left side) Rudder trim tab (left side) Radio antenna attachment point on tail (left side) Radio antenna attachment point on fuselage (from left rear)

 

View from directly behind Rudder hinge (right side) Elevator ďaxleĒ (from right rear) Radio antenna attachment point on tail (right side)

 

National insignia (right side) Engine exhaust stacks from right rear Right main gear leg viewed from rear Right main gear well looking inward

 

Top of right main gear leg from rear Right aileron from below Right aileron hinge point from below Right aileron detail with actuator cover

 

Right aileron trim tabs viewed from below End of right aileron viewed from wing tip Navigation light, right wing upper surface Right wing leading edge

 

Vent scoop, right wing underside near tip. Right wing .50 cal. machine guns (note staggered layout) Right main gear cover, lower Right main gear leg from front

 

Engine exhaust stacks from right front Right nose gear door and gear strut braces Nose gear wheel assembly (right side) Right side cowling .50 cal. machine gun

 

Windscreen & door (right side) Prop spinner detail (right side) Throttle quadrant viewed through left door Lower instrument panel and rudder pedals from left side

 

Instrument panel Left side of seat with trim controls Fuel tank selector switch (left side) Control stick (left side)

 

Pilotís seat Pilotís harness attachment bar and rear canopy structure (from left side) Oxygen regulator on right cockpit wall Throttle lever and left side electrical panel

 

Windscreen interior Left side door hinges Right side of pilotís seat with oil cooler control Right side of cockpit with coolant shutter lever

 

Trim controls viewed from right side Throttle quadrant viewed from right side Instrument panel Right rudder pedal (note drive shaft running between the pilotís legs)

 

Right side of cockpit looking aft, showing oil cooler control and seat mounting Engine exhaust stacks viewed from above (left side) Engine air intake on back of fuselage Rear spine of fuselage from left side

 

View into cockpit from right rear Left wing upper surface Right wing upper surface Engine exhaust stacks viewed from left rear

 

Radio antenna attachment point on canopy (left side) Access panel in left wing root Ė open Vent on left fuselage aft of engine Engine air intake (left side)

Photos and text © 2004 by Stewart Bailey