Mr Spaceman
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The Bell "King Cobra" Questions.

Sat Oct 06, 2001 2:34 am

Hi guys.

I have some questions about the Bell "King Cobra". This is one of only a few WWII aircraft that I don't have any specific books or video's about. Basically, I know that it fought along side with the F4U corsair's over the Pacific (unless I'm wrong about that), however I don't know of any dates it was introduced, or any battles they were involved in.

My main interest though, is just how this aircraft was designed and built. I know that it's engine is in the back of the fuselage, behind the cockpit, and that it has a machine gun right in the middle of it's prop spinner at the front!

My questions are: How is the shaft "routed" from the rear engine to the front propeller, without going through the pilot's back???

Also, how is the nose machine gun able to be located in the middle of the prop spinner without interfering with the engine shaft???

How were these mechanical feats accomplished? Are they surprisingly simple in design? If not, was the King Cobra worth it?

I'm surprised I didn't study this aircraft. It has such a rare design! Maybe I ran out of time, and had started studying fighter JETS instead.

Here's some cool photos of a Bell KING COBRA.

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Photo © Colin K. Work



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P.S. O.K. Fireblade...get at it!

Thanks.

Chris  Smile



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RE: The Bell

Sat Oct 06, 2001 2:57 am

I'm sorry to disappint you but king cobra was never used in airfight but some of them were used in training.You probably know that p-39 was inferior to Japs' fighters so USA sold them to USSR and free french. And russian just love it .They take off all their equipment and make that aircraft really fast and agile in a low altitudes,where were all of the fights in ussr
A total 3303 were produced 2456 were exported to ussr and 300 to free french forces.
P-39 was designed to be a that time space interceptor but because its compressors has a child aches p-39 lost their interceptors capability so it became bad fighter and us doesn't want it .If you read Samurai you'll find sakai's opinion for it.asnd its a bad one.Till then check this link.
http://www.wpafb.af.mil/museum/annex/an22.htm
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RE: Fireblade

Sat Oct 06, 2001 3:54 am

Hi Fireblade.

Wow!!! Thanks for that info. That was quick! The link you hooked up was Excellent!!

I read all the info in that link about the P-39 Airacobras and the P-63 King Cobra, plus some of the attached links before responding back to you.

You didn't have to explain about the mechanical questions I asked, because they were all answered in that link. The photos were Great too!

It must have been the P-39 Airacobras that I was thinking about regarding the war in the Southwest Pacific, not the simular P-63 Kingcobra.

Thanks to you Slobodan, I now know how the engine shaft is routed from the engine behind the pilot to the front prop. It runs between the pilots' feet into an Offset Reduction Gearbox behind the spinner. Those pix are worth a thousand words. COOL!!!  Big thumbs up

I wonder how many rounds that 37 mm Nose Cannon could hold?

It seems that my question about whether or not building the Kingcobra was worth it, was answered Loud and Clear! It was NOT! They sent most of them to Russia. Here's a pix of a Russian P-63 Kingcobra.

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Thanks Again, Fireblade.

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Chris

Sat Oct 06, 2001 4:04 am

well i know a lot about 4th 5th gen a/cS and ww2 a/cS.
But there is a big holl in my knowledge about other stuffs.I'm glad a finally found some yours topic that i could reply.
Once again i am looking forward for your posts about modern a/cS.
And check my topic about f-26 stalma
http://www.airliners.net/discussions/military/read.main/4217 f-26 lucks great.
Yours
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RE: The Bell "King Cobra" Questions.

Sat Oct 06, 2001 6:25 am

Hi guys.

Does anyone know of a website that shows photos of the cockpits of WWII fighters? I would love to see a pix of the cockpit of a Bell Kingcobra, which shows the extended propeller shaft passing from behind the cockpit, along the floor between the pilots' rudder pedals, towards the prop.

Thanks, for any help.

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RE: The Bell "King Cobra" Questions.

Tue Oct 09, 2001 8:13 pm

Sorry Chris i couldn't find king cobras' cockpit
 
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RE: The Bell "King Cobra" Questions.

Wed Oct 10, 2001 1:39 am

No problem Fireblade. Thanks for trying.  Big thumbs up

Now that the Canadian "Thanksgiving" holiday weekend is over, and I'm not travelling all over the country, visiting family, I'll be posting a few more questions about modern jet fighters...when I have just a bit more time.

I'll talk with you soon.

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