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Curtiss P-40 Kitty Hawk  

Curtiss P-40 Kitty Hawk

The P-40, developed from the P-36, was America's foremost fighter in service when WWII began. P-40s engaged the Japanese aircraft during the attack on Pearl Harbor and the invasion of the Philippines in December 1941. They also were flown in China during 1942 by the famed Flying Tigers and in North Africa in 1943 by the 99th Fighter Squadron. The P-40 served in numerous combat areas, such as the Aleutian Islands, Italy, the Middle East, the Far East, the Southwest Pacific and some were sent to Russia. Though often outclassed by its adversaries in speed, maneuverability and rate of climb, the P-40 earned a reputation in battle for extreme ruggedness. At the end of the P-40's brilliant career, more than 14,000 had been produced for service in 28 nations.

 

 Specifations

Full Name

Curtiss P-40M Kittyhawk

Type

Fighter

Origin

USA

Manufacturer

Curtiss

Wingspan

11.37 m

Length

10.16 m

Height

3.23 m

Weight

Empty: 2812 kg

Maximum Speed

552 km/h

Range

1207 km

Engine

1 x 1200 hp Allison V-1710-81

Armament

6 x .5in fixed forward-fireing machine gun, external bomb load of 680kg

Crew

1

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