Monday, March 15, 2010
CURTISS-WRIGHT P-40 “HAWK”
|STANDARD DATA: Seats 1. Gross wt. 6,789. Empty wt. 5,381. Engine 1,200-hp Allison liquid-cooled V-12.
PERFORMANCE: Top mph 365. Cruise mph 315. Landing mph 72.5. Range 945. Ceiling 35,000.
The P-40 Warhawk saw wider service than any other fighter during World War II. It was present on every front throughout the world from 1939 to 1945, and it flew under the colors of 28 allied nations. The Warhawk was the only Army Air Corps fighter in service during the first month of the war, and it (along with the British Spitfire and the Grumman Wildcat) bore the bulk of the responsibility for meeting the enemy’s attack until late in 1942. The Warhawk fought in Africa, England, Australia, China, and Russia. A total of 13,783 P-40s were produced during the war. Power was supplied by a single 1,200-hp Allison 12-cylinder liquid-cooled engine.