Rare, restored World War II fighter on display at Pima Air & Space Museum

Found in New Guinea jungle
2013-07-11T00:00:00Z Rare, restored World War II fighter on display at Pima Air & Space MuseumArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
July 11, 2013 12:00 am  • 

The Pima Air & Space Museum, 6000 E. Valencia Road, has added a newly restored aircraft, recovered from a New Guinea jungle, to its Pacific-theater WWII hangar: the rare Bell P-39N Airacobra.

Manufactured at Bell Aircraft's New York factory in 1943, the plane was shipped to the 5th Air Force in New Guinea, where it served until it crashed at Tadji Airfield. It was stripped of useful parts and, for 30 years, lay undisturbed as the jungle grew over it.

In 1974 Australian "aircraft fanatic" Charles Darby recovered it, the museum said in a news release. Decades later, the partially restored plane was loaned to the Tucson museum, where the staff and volunteers finished restoring it.

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