The second set of the redesignated P-39Gs were the 250 P-39Ls. Serials were 42-4454/4703. They were powered by the 1325 hp Allison V-1710-63 engine, the same engine which powered the P-39K. It differed from the K in reverting to the Curtiss Electric propeller. Gross weight was up to 9100 pounds, but the more powerful engine gave better low-altitude performance than the P-39D. A new nosewheel of somewhat different design was fitted, which offered less drag at takeoff. Provision was made for the fitting of rocket rails under the wings. It was otherwise identical to the P-39D-2.
P-39Ls flew in New Guinea and North African in 1943.
Eleven were modified for photoreconnaissance under the designation P-39L-2-BE. The serials of these planes were 42-4457, 4461, 4462, 4465, 4466, 4470, 4471, 4476, 4489, 4553, and 4630.
42-4454/4703 Bell P-39L-1-BE Airacobra