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Experts of the Museum of the air force of the Northern fleet plan to restore American fighter P-39 Airacobra, supplied to the Soviet Union under the program “lend-lease”, retaining 95 percent of its authenticity.

“Cobra” is the only of its kind in the world – the most real. It is possible that it will be able to fly. The engine Assembly which took about four years, is in working condition.

Currently already prepared the ground. Now the main efforts concentrated on the Assembly of the cab.

To restore the machine completely, the restorers plan to 2022.

A unique historical exhibit of the great Patriotic war, lay on the bottom of the lake in the Murmansk region 72, the divers of the Northern fleet brought to the surface in June 2017.

That on the bottom of the lake called Shchuchye must be killed fighter, was known according to the archives. 6 March 1945 in the combat training flight, the pilot of the 2nd squadron 255 fighter regiment of the Northern fleet air force Lieutenant Fyodor Dmitrievich Baravikow crashed. His plane P-39 “Cobra” – was difficult to manage, require the pilot of high skill and concentration. In all likelihood, the car fell into a tailspin and fell on the lake the ice is not short of a few miles to a military airfield Vaenga.

The fighter was lying submerged in the bottom mud at a depth of 45 meters. In addition to the great depth the divers ‘ work was complicated by poor visibility. The isolation from soil of the fuselage, hoist it under the bottom pontoon and tow to shore was carried out carefully and slowly so as not to damage structures.

Directly from the water plane was raised with trucks, and then delivered to the Museum of the air force of the Northern fleet in the village of Safonovo for the restoration work.

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