Curtiss P-40


Curtiss P-40E Kittyhawk
Curtiss P-40E Kittyhawk
The P-40 retained the structure of the Curtiss P-36/H-75 Hawk, the Allison V12 replacing the Pratt & Whitney Twin Wasp radial engine.
The P-40 was used by Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Egypt, Finland, France, Great-Britain, Iraq, Italy, New Zealand, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Portugal, South Africa, Turkey, USA and USSR !
The only American fighters built in larger numbers than the P-40 are the P-47 Thunderbolt and P-51 Mustang.

Development

The XP-40 prototype
The XP-40 prototype
Curtiss P-40B Tomahawk Curtiss P-40B Tomahawk
Engine Allison V-1710-33 liquid-cooled V12 1,050 hp
Weight empty: 2,536 kg (5,590 lb) - with full load: 3,450 kg (7,600 lb)
Armament Two cowl-mounted 12.7mm (.50 cal) and four wing-mounted 7.7 mm (.30 cal) guns
Performance Max speed: 566 km/h (352 mph) Ceiling: 9,875 m (32,400 ft)

100 of the RAF Tomahawk IIs were transferred to China where they were used by the American Volunteer Group - the famous "Flying Tigers". Some others were sent to Turkey and USSR; it was the first American fighter to be operated in USSR.
The Tomahawk IIs were active in the Middle East from October of 1941 onward.

Curtiss P-40E Kittyhawk Curtiss P-40E Kittyhawk
Engine Allison V-1710-39 liquid-cooled V12 1,150 hp
Weight empty: 2,880 kg (6,350 lb) - with full load: 4,173 kg (9,200 lb)
Armament Six wing-mounted 12.7 mm (.50 cal) machine guns
Performance Max speed: 583 km/h (362 mph) Ceiling: 8,840 m (29,000 ft)

Kittyhawk Is and IAs became operational with the RAF in North Africa on January 1, 1942.
Thirty P-40Es were delivered to the Flying Tigers in China in March of 1942.


Stof's notes about this plane in iMOL's WarBirds

The opinions expressed below are only my own, and nothing more...
The P-40 is a decent early war fighter. Availability of the P-40 isn't a big deal for "general arena" players, but it offers us great opportunities for history-based Scenario Lites.

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