Saturday, September 16, 2023

Alberta Cobras?

Two P-39s are being restored in Edmonton as a joint venture between the Alberta Aviation Museum and the Reynolds Alberta Museum.  

But why restore a U.S. type in Canada in which only one was operated by the RCAF?  

Most Russian P-39s passed through Canada on their way to Alaska as part of the Northwest Staging Route. Blatchford Field in Edmonton was often a stopping point.  While both aircraft were ex-PNG, many parts from P-39M 42-4725 that crashed in Wetaskiwin in December 1942 are included in the restoration.  One of the aircraft will be restored in the marking of 42-4725. 

Modeler's Note: By far the best P-39 Airacobra in 1/72 is the newish Arma kit.  Buy one; you won't regret it.  There are also kits by Academy and Heller that aren't awful, but Arma just blows them out of the water.

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