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  P-39Q-20-BE Airacobra Serial Number 44-3887  
USAAF

B-29 Bockscar
Justin Taylan 2000

Aircraft History
Built by Bell in Buffalo, New York. Delivered to the U.S. Army. Wartime history unknown.

Postwar
During 1946, sold as surplus. This aircraft was a derelict hulk display at Hardwick Aircraft Company at El Monte, CA.

Restoration
During 1966, this aircraft was obtained by the US Air Force Museum Foundation. Restored to single seat configuration and donated to the USAF Museum.

Display
Displayed at the USAF Museum, in a diorama depicting operations from Alaska. Painted in the markings of P-39J Airacobra 41-7073 flown by Lt. Leslie Spoonts of the 54th Fighter Group, 57th Fighter Squadron, with fuselage number 31. In 1942 this aircraft was based at Kodiak and Adak during the Aleutian Campaign.

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Last Updated
January 31, 2018

 

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