May 17, 2019
Hangardeck Exclusive - The Fighter Factory has just received the MAM Bell P-39 Airacobra from New Zealand. This is the 4th airworthy Airacobra to be based in the United States. This weekend is also Warbirds over the Beach 2019 at the MAM and will be flying and showing off this awesome collection of Warbirds. Jerry Yagan’s P-39 AiraCobra is equipped with a Allison V-1710-85 engine.
The Bell P-39 Airacobra was one of the principal American fighter aircraft in service when the United States entered World War II. The P-39 was used by the Soviet Air Force, and enabled individual Soviet pilots to collect the highest number of kills attributed to any U.S. fighter type flown by any pilot in any conflict. Other major users of the type included the French, the Royal Air Force, the United States Army Air Forces, and the Italian Co-Belligerent Air Force.
The MAM P-39F (41-7215) was restored by Pioneer Aero Ltd at Ardmore, Auckland. Its based on the wrecks of two aircraft recovered from Russia and restoration started at Wangaratta, Australia.
The Hangardeck has participated at WOB for the last 4 years witnessing a first of many incredible flights from the MAMs collection. Andy and Sean were there to record the unveiling of this incredible and rare Warbird. For more on this weekends WOB19 events and exclusives check out the Hangardeck Facebook page.