Bell P-39 Airacobra

Restoration work continues on two rare Bell Aircraft P-39 Airacobra Second World War fighter planes at the Alberta Aviation Museum.  This project is in partnership with the Reynolds Alberta Museum Foundation.

Specifications
  • Wingspan: 10.36 m
  • Length: 9.19 m
  • Powerplant: 1 x Alison V-1710 V-12 engine (890 kW)
  • Maximum Speed: 620 km/h
  • Cruise Speed: 402 km/h
  • Range: 1,046 km
  • Crew: 1

 

Excerpt from Alberta Aviation Museum – 30 Years of Progress

It’s a little-known story of Edmonton’s role in the Second World War. Thousands of front-line U.S. warplanes passed through Blatchford Field, far from the site of any conflict. Bell’s P-39 Airacobra was the most plentiful of those making this most arduous fight.

Our P-39 Airacobra restoration will incorporate parts from a Lend-Lease P-39 that crashed near Wetaskiwin. Stan Reynolds salvaged the wreckage, adding it to his enormous collection of airplanes, vehicles, and farming equipment. The completed P-39 will be displayed in the original Soviet markings carried by the Wetaskiwin example when it crashed in December 1942.

 

You can learn more about this aircraft trainer by purchasing a copy of our 30th Anniversary Souvenir Book or by visiting the museum! Restoration tours take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays (depending on volunteer availability).

 

Bell P-39 Airacobra under restoration in shop

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