Cobra in the Hangar
With the rundown of the P-38 Lightning project, some of the troops were getting a bit antsy because they wanted work on an aircraft, not stand around waiting for something to happen.
The recent trade of the museum's very significant P-40 wreck for a P-39 Airacobra with Precision Aerospace saw the collection and storage of good mainplanes and tail feathers, but no fuselage assembly. Eventually, a damaged fuselage and other parts became available at Precision Aerospace and their collection was organised. Along with other Cobra fuselages on hand from PNG, a new fuselage was built, which resulted in a composite P-39 Airacobra for display in the Classic Jets museum.
The completed P-39 Airacobra is painted in 24 Sqn. RAAF colours, and marked as 24 Sqn's first Airacobra A53-12, that flew in the defence of Sydney after the Japanese submarine attack in Sydney harbour in May 1942.
New P39 Airacobra restoration images at July 2009
|The P39 wings are completed, painted and await fitting to the fuselage.||The fuselage is positioned in the hangar in preparation to fitting of the wings.||The fuselage support stands are locked to the floor and the gantry waits rolling away.||The 20mm cannon and 50 cal ammunition cannisters are seen here nearing completion.||Final fit out of the gun bay is completed while the fuselage undergoes further attention.|
|The CJFM troops position the starboard wing for fitting.||The reduction gearbox propeller nut thread required attention before the nut ran freely.||The port wing is seen here fitted with both undercarriages extended correctly.||Paper protects the fuselage paint while trimming and fitting the wing to fuselage fairings.||The non operational Allison 1710 engine awaits fitting after the Cobra is on its wheels.|