Bell P-39 Airacobra

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    #1 Snautzer01, Dec 13, 2014
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    In French service

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    Great !!! :thumbright:
     
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    Nice shots! Thanks for sharing.
     
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    #4 Snautzer01, Jan 11, 2015
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    P-39 Airacobra of 601 Squadron at Duxford. 601 Squadron was the only English ever armed fighter P-39 between August 1941 and March 1942.

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    Very nice, building one of these as we speak. What's with the dark outline around the green? Did the British repaint over the American equivalent?

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    #7 Wurger, Jan 11, 2015
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    It isn't the dark outline around these green spots. It is an effect of spraying and fading of colours after some of time .... Here the same effect on Polish F-16s.

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    Thank you kind sir. Time to ponder my options.

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    My pleasure Geo. :)
     
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    Captured by Germans, seems to have USA type and colour star.

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    From North Africa maybe? Didn't know we used them in Europe/Mediterranean Theater. Where did they get it from?
     
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    Operation TORCH period i think

    North Africa: During November 1942, US forces participated in the Torch landings and for this a yellow ring (with varying thickness) was temporarily added to the outside of the roundel to reduce incidents of Americans shooting down unfamiliar British aircraft, which could themselves be distinguished by a yellow outline on their fuselage roundels. The insignia was outlined in yellow for Operation Torch in North Africa, to help gunners distinguish it from the French roundel. It was later removed, except on aircraft that remained in the North African theater.
     
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    Bell P-39F Airacobras at San Diego, 1942

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