Built by Bell in Buffalo, New York. One of 148 P-39Q-5s converted to Q-6 ground support configuration
with armor around oil and radiators and oblique camera mountings. Delivered to the U.S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas and reassembled.
Assigned 5th Air Force, unite unknown, likely to a Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron. Nose number 26. No known nose art or nickname. This aircraft was abandoned
at Tadji Airfield.
Until 1974, thiis aircraft remained in situ.
During 1974, salvaged by Charles Darby and Monty Armstrong from Tadji during a
salvage operation funded by David Tallichet / Yesterday's Air
Force. Exported to the United States.
Stored at Yesterday's Air
Force / Military Aircraft Restoration Corporation (MARC) at Chino Airport. Today, it is unclear where this aircraft is stored or located.
Pacific Aircraft Wrecks page 43 (upper), 57 (upper)
"Another of the Tadji P-39Q-6s, 41-19991
is now awaiting restoration in California and may one day fly again. Of the 950 P-39Q-5s, 148 were converted to the 'Q-6' ground support configuration. Modifications included provisions of K-24 and K-25 vertical and oblique camera in the rear fuselage, and heavy dural armor plate to protect the oil and glycol radiators from ground fire."
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - P-39Q Airacobra 42-19991
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January 9, 2018