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.
|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)|
|Height:||3.75 m (12 ft. 5 in.)|
|Armament:||6x 0.50″ machine guns, provision for up to 1000lbs bombs|