Curtiss P-40 Warhawk / Kittyhawk
The P-40 is described as an average
fighter at best because of its handling and range. Prone to enter
a spin when it stalled, and took several thousand feet to recover
from steep dives. It could not out turn the Japanese Zero. The P-40 is best known as the aircraft used
by Claire Chennault's American Volunteer Group "The Flying
While not an outstanding fighter, it was well used during the
first half of the war, until it was replaced by more capable
Merlin Powered P-40F
The P-40F Warhawk (Model 87B) was powered by a Packard V-1650-1 Merlin, a Rolls-Royce Merlin aircraft engine, produced under license in the United States by the Packard Motor Car Company and had a slightly shorter fuselage. A total of 699 were manufactured between January 1942 until August 1942.
Overseas Exports - Kittyhawk
Mark IA (P-40E and P-40E-1
The P-40 "Kittyhawk" was
the codename of the export version of the fighter, that was rejected
RAF, but used by the RAAF and RNZAF in the Pacific. A total
of 1,500 were exported between September 1941 - June 1942, and
were counted under USAAF deliveries with USAAF serials. RAF s/n
Not counting the P-47 or
P-51, P-40s were the most extensively built US fighter,
with almost 14,000 units being delivered before production
ended in 1944.
Crew One (pilot)
Engine One, Allison V-1710
Span 37' 4"
Length 31' 9"
Height 12' 4"
Maximum Speed 362 mph
Range 850 miles
Armament 6 x .50 cal. MG