Curtiss P-40 Warhawk

The prototype for the P-40 series was flown in 1938. The P-40 Warhawk was the first single-seat American fighter to be produced on a large scale. At the onset of the hostilities, almost half of the USAAF airplanes were P-40s.

Slower and less manoeuvrable than the majority of the other fighters of its time, the Warhawk, the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk nonetheless was a very tough and dependable aircraft. Also, American pilots just loved the way it looked. Improvements continually made it a better airplane, and it was used throughout the war. Production of all P-40s totalled 16,802 planes.

P-40 warhawk flight line


Type: Single-seat fighter and desert fighter-bomber
Powerplant: 1,040 hp Allison V-1710-33, V12 liquid-cooled
Max speed: 345mph (555km/h)
Ceiling: 13,106 m. (43,200 ft)
Range: 1,080km (675 miles)
Weight (empty): 2,636kg (5,812lb)
Max. T/O: 3,424kg (7,549lb)
Wingspan: 11.37m (37’3.5″)
Length: 9.66m (31’8.5″)
Height: 3.75 m (12 ft. 5 in.)
Armament: 6x 0.50″ machine guns, provision for up to 1000lbs bombs