The E-flite P-39 Airacobra 1.2m BNF Basic Electric Airplane is a replica of one of the most unconventional and innovative fighters flown during World War II. It features a significant level of detail including panel lines, exhaust stacks, a removable drop tank, three-blade propeller and more. It's also equipped with factory-installed retractable tricycle landing gear and operational split flaps to enhance scale realism and the unique warbird flight experience it offers.
The high-power brushless power system delivers outstanding performance when using a 3S LiPo battery, or you can install a 4S battery for well-beyond-scale speed and vertical capabilities - without the need for any modifications or upgrades. Lightweight yet durable factory-finished EPO construction, along with bolt-together assembly featuring a one-piece wing with an innovative hands-free servo connection system, means you can be ready to fly in less time than it takes to charge a battery. So whether you're an intermediate or advanced pilot, the P-39 Airacobra 1.2m delivers the scale detail, functional features and incredible performance you need to enjoy a warbird experience unlike any other.
- Detailed scale replica of the innovative and unique fighter flown in World War II
- High-power 3S and 4S compatible brushless power system with 3–blade prop
- Functional split flaps and electric retracts with steerable nose wheel
- 6–channel control with 7 factory-installed servos and linkages
- Spektrum™ 6–channel 2.4GHz receiver with industry-leading DSMX® technology
- Unmatched stability and precision of AS3X® technology for smoother flight performance
- Easy to fly with optional-use SAFE® Select flight envelope protection
- Abundant scale detail including panel lines, exhaust stacks, removable drop tank and more
- Factory-finished "Wahl Eye II" painted camo trim scheme with factory-applied decals
- Large, magnetically-secured top hatch for convenient battery and electronics access
- One-piece wing with hands-free servo/retract connection system
- Lightweight yet durable molded EPO construction
- Fast and easy bolt-together final assembly
Aileron: Dual servo control
Airfoil Shape: Semi symmetrical
Approximate Assembly Time: Less than 1 Hour
Approximate Flight Time: 4 minutes
CG (Center of Gravity): 1.7-1.7(44-50mm) from edge of wing with gear down
Charger: Compatible with selected battery
Completion Level: Bind-N-Fly Basic
Control Throw (Flaps): 1.4" (35mm) mid, (50mm) full
Control Throw - High (Ailerons): 0.55" (14mm)
Control Throw - High (Elevator): 0.59" (15mm)
Control Throw - High (Rudder): 0.79" (20mm)
Control Throw - Low (Ailerons): 0.35" (9mm)
Control Throw - Low (Elevator): 0.39" (10mm)
Control Throw - Low (Rudder): 0.47" (12mm)
Expo (Ailerons): 10%
Expo (Elevator): 10%
Expo (Rudder): 20%
Flaps: Operational split flaps for added realism
Flying Weight: 58.5-67oz (1660-1900g)
Landing Gear: Yes
Length: 1.1m (43.3")
Material: EPO Foam
Minimum Required Radio: At least 6-channel
Minimum Speed Control: 40A included
Motor Size: 850Kv brushless outrunner
Propeller Size: 5.5x8.5" 3-blade
Recommended Motor Battery: LiPo, 3S 11.1V 2200mAh 30C, or 4S 2200mAh 14.8V 30C w/EC3 connector
Retracts: Factory installed electric powered tricycle configuration
Servos: Seven 9g
Stabilizer Tube Length: 11.8" (300mm)
Stabilizer Tube OD: 0.22" (5.5mm)
Transmitter Range: Full range
Trim scheme Colors: Wahl Eye II painted camo scheme with factory applied decals
Wing Area: 27.08 sq dm (419.76 sq dm)
Wingspan: 1.2m (47.2")
- E-flite P-39 Airacobra 1.2m Airplane with:
- (1) 40A Brushless ESC
- (1) 850Kv Brushless Outrunner Motor
- (7) 9–Gram Servos
- (1) Spektrum™ AR636 6–Channel Receiver
- (1) Product Manual
- Full-range, 6–7+ Channel DSMX®/DSM2® transmitter
- 2200–3000mAh 3S or 4S 11.1–14.8V LiPo with EC3™ or IC3™ Connector
- Compatible LiPo charger
- LiPo Charging Bag (recommended)
This product was added to our catalog on May 7, 2019
When I finally pop the the cherry on the first flight. Its actually pretty docile in the air with SAFE on. Can't wait to turn SAFE off and do some Boom and Zooming with it. The landing wasn't too bad. Did a 2 bouncer before it settled down. Found a nice long stretch of road. Turning SAFE off turns this bird around. With SAFE on you have to push it to do a hard turn. With SAFE off it responds quicker and give you more control, but definitely do the first couple of flight with SAFE on. Especially if your like me and this is your first Warbird.
The P-39 is 1 of the most under rated airplanes of WW2. It was ahead of its time. It had a bubble canopy, before bubble canopy's were a thing. It was a mid-engine design, like modern super and hyper cars. This made it a handful at low speeds and tight turns. Luckily the model is front engined so you don't have to worry about that. However at the beginning of WW2 when this this thing was in front line use for the US Army Aircorp. We had a bunch of green pilots. In the right hands the P-39 was an awesome aircraft, but it terrified rookie pilots and at the beginning of WW2 we in the US had a bunch of green pilots up in the air. The demand for fighter pilots went from a 1000 pilots to anybody we can get into the cockpit after Pearl Harbor. The P-39's main problem at the start of WW2 was it was designed for a Super Charger, but the US couldn't produce Super Chargers fast enough. So the first production models of the P-39 didn't come with Super Chargers, which nutured the planes performance. Same thing happened to early P-38 Lightnings. So between green rookie pilots flying it and no Super Charger the P-39 got a bad reputation. It ended up in USSR Russia through the Lend Lease Act and the Russian pilots loved it. Even found it way onto a Soviet Mail Stamp. Oh yeah did I mention that it had a 30mm Cannon coming out of the propeller. Yeah dude a 30mm Cannon.
However with asx3 safe select properly setup it can be done if you take your time and dial in your expo properly. I've got about two dozen flights on it and here are some of the main things to take away...
The nose gear is the weak point on this aircraft. There are some ways to make it stronger or replace it altogether with a different gear (you can search YouTube for other eflite planes with similar gear to get an idea of what I mean) it would likely be no issue if your using tarmac 100% of the time. But taking off from grass or dirt even with gentle landings it can fold on you so keep that in mind. I've only had one instance of this happening on my first grass landing. This also led to a prop strike which caused a blade to snap off. The mains also got a little bent but those where able to be straightened. The fragile nature of the internals of the nose gear makes it pretty hard to repairwithout outright replacement.
The next thing is 3s vs 4s. If you are a beginner it is highly recommend starting with 3s. It fly's slower and is a bit less of a handful. 4s and this thing is a speed demon and quite honestly hard to not fly fast. It does however make for quicker takeoffs and makes dirt and grass takeoffs easier.
The next thing I found fascinating about the plane is it's stall characteristics or lack thereof. You can go full flaps and no throttle, elevators full up and this things glides gently down to the ground. Flaps up, in a normal flying attitude and pull back the throttle to zero and it gently loses altitude. Very surprising from what I've heard about other warbirds having scary tendencies in a stall.
Run times average 4.5-5 minutes on a 2200mah 4s pack before you really need to land. If your flying near full throttle the whole time this drops to around 4 minutes.
The battery area is roomy enough (if you remove the tray) to fit 5000mah 3s packs, although you do feel the weight and it is even more important to make sure your cg is proper. But if you like longer fly times and scale flight this is quite an attractive option. With larger batteries like this, fly times of near ten minutes can be obtained.
I think some softer tires might also help with landings on tarmac. Even if you land perfectly sometimes you can get a bit of an unpleasant bounce, which I fear could lead to a nose gear collapse. Another person on YouTube changed the eflite p51 1500mm mustang tires to something softer which helped alleviate this issue.
One last thing to note is that you can run safe select on this aircraft with only a 6 channel radio if you use a servo reversing y harness. A search of Google will explain this more proper. If you don't want to fiddle with that but want to use safe select you should make sure you have a 7 channel radio. However safe select works well with my spektrum dx6e, I have safe select set to come on with mains down so this can really help with beginners especially when practicing landings.
Overall I think this plane is a pretty good value for the price, it looks great and is unique compared to a lot of what you see at local clubs and it also performs very well with a few drawbacks. Would recommend very cautiously to beginners that do their research and definitely recommend to seasoned pilots.