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P-39 Airacobra in action - Aircraft No. 43 Paperback – December, 1980

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 50 pages
  • Publisher: Squadron/Signal Publications; 1st edition (December 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0897471024
  • ISBN-13: 978-0897471022
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,331,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book is O.K. It's one of those fair books done by Squadron. I didn't know much about the P-39 prior to this book. Basically, my impression of the P-39 from this book is it was not a bad aircraft but the USAAC screwed up the design. Weirdly, the design it was perfect for - as a fighter & ground attack aircraft - operating in the altitudes below 15,000 feet and was far, far better served fighting with the Soviets against the Germans where a single hit from the 37mm cannon could demolish a fighter or bomber. The book has a fair breakdown of the various models of the P-39, some good history, and a lead on to the much better P-63 King Cobra. It's more of a pamphlet that a book.

The book has age issues, it was first published in the early 1980s. The graphics are a little dated. Also, there isn't that much about the Soviets because - since it was written in the 80s - the Soviets were not telling much about the P-39 in action.

Still, if you get the book on discount it's fair. I like it.
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The P-39 really got a bad rap in WW2. Aside from the fact it was underpowered, the mid-line engine overheated, lacked maneuverability, was a dog over 15,000 feet, this was a great airplane. Yet, over 9,000 of all types (including the P-63 KingCobra)were made. Most of these planes went to the Soviets under the Lend Lease. There, they were used to good effect in a ground support role.

There are other books out there on the Airacobra, for example, "Attack of the Airacobras: Soviet Aces, American P-39s, and the Air War Against Germany" which at 24.00 is an expensive narrative but demonstrates this plane could be effective.

As with all In Action books, this has some narrative, a lot of B&W photos with captions, detailed line drawings and 2 color pages to show paint schemes. This is a good one-stop kind of shopping book if you want to learn a little bit about a plane who was roundly cursed and despised by US pilots, shot down in droves by the Japanese but when used for ground attack only, maybe not so bad. The book itself is very good, excellent for modelers. You decide the value of the plane.
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Typical of the Squadron/Signal profiles. Lots of pictures with minimal text. Not much in print about the P-39 so this book is quite valuable.
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