Titles: Bell P-39 Airacobra No’s 1 to 3

The P-39 was an unusual configuration with the engine mounted amidships. The reason for this was to allow room for the armament in the nose, the aircraft being largely designed around the 37mm T9 cannon. It also allowed a very streamlined nose. The major disadvantage however was that it did not allow the fitting of a turbo-supercharger. This limited the aircraft’s operational effectiveness to altitudes below 12,000 ft.

The aircraft first flew in 1938 and was one of the few US fighters in service in any number at the start of WW2. Over 9,500 were built, about 5,000 of which were supplied to the Soviet Air Force where they were used with great success.

We offer three titles for the P-39, which contain flight manuals for several variants of the P-39 and associated publications. The files have been scanned from the original flight manuals and retain any colour pages, except where stated.

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Title 1 contains:

  • USAAF Handbook of Operation and Flight Instructions for the YP-39 and P-39C, Tech Order No 01-110FA-1 dated 15-2-41 revised to 10-3-42, with approx 28 pages.
  • USAAF Pilots Handbook of Flight Operating Instructions for the P-39D-1 P-39D-2, Tech Order No 01-110FE-1 dated 10-11-42, with approx 40 pages.
  • Pilots handbook for the Bell XFL-1, undated with approx 41 pages (scanned from a copy).

Title 2 contains:

  • USAAF Pilots Handbook of Flight Operating Instructions for the P-39K-1 P-39L-1, Tech Order No 01-110FG-1 dated 20-12-42, with approx 35 pages.
  • USAAF Pilot’s Flight Operating Instructions for the Bell P-39Q-1  -5  -10  -15  -20  -21, AN 01-110FN-1 dated 20-3-44 with approx 62 pages.
  • Allison (V-1710) Pilot’s Notes, 1st Edition dated 31-3-42, with  approx 20 pages.

Title 3 contains:

  • RAF Descriptive and Servicing Handbook, AP 2064A Volume One, (which includes the Pilot’s Notes) for the Airacobra I, dated June 1941 with approx 347 pages.
  • Bell Pilot’s Handbook for the P-39 (covers the P-39, P-39C, P-39D, P-39F), with approx 32 pages.
  • USAAF Memorandum Report “Measurement of the Flying Qualities of the P-39D AF 41-28378”. Undated with approx 85 pages (scanned from a copy).