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.


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
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2 thoughts on “Curtiss P-40 Warhawk

  1. Danny

    I was trying to find out about a scandal involving bogus spare parts for this aircraft during world war 2. I would appreciate any information.

  2. Dalton

    The curtiss p-40 was probably the coolest airplane of world war two but i also like all these little articles about the planes


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