Curtiss P-40 - Snub-nosed Kittyhawks and Warhawks by Carl Molesworth, Adam Tooby, Richard Chasemore

By Carl Molesworth, Adam Tooby, Richard Chasemore

A higher model of the Allison V-1710 engine gave upward thrust to the Curtiss H-87, which all started lifestyles in 1941 because the P-40D and featured a very redesigned fuselage. The shorter and deeper nostril of the hot fighter gave it a decidedly snub-nosed visual appeal in comparison to the sooner P-40 types. Curtiss persevered to tweak the H-87 for the following years within the look for greater functionality, however the final significant model, the P-40N, used to be merely marginally quicker than the 1st. within the technique, Curtiss even attempted an engine switch to the Packard Merlin within the P-40F and L yet to no avail. What the overdue version P-40s lacked in pace and repair ceiling, they traded for maneuverability, sturdiness and availability. Their area of interest grew to become fighter-bomber operations, and so they fought on fronts as diversified because the arctic wastes of the Aleutian Islands and Iceland, the steaming jungles of the South Pacific and the barren deserts of North Africa. P-40s have been a typical sight within the skies over Burma and China, Sicily and Italy, and western Russia besides. by the point construction ceased in 1944, Curtiss had produced approximately 14,000 P-40s.

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Church followed, but his P-40 was hit in the nose section by ground fire as he started his bombing run, and he was immediately engulfed in flames. Church continued his attack, dropping his bombs on the irfield before his P-40 rocked wildly and plunged sideways to earth. Wagner then swung back across the field in a series of strafing runs, joined by Strauss. As Wagner made his last pass, one Nate got off the ground, somewhat obscured by Wagner’s wing. He rolled his P-40 inverted to spot the Ki-27, rolled back, chopped his throttle to drop behind the plane and shot it down for his fifth aerial victory.

The dive was about sixty degrees, but it felt like ninety! Strafing was, of course, from low level. We followed each other onto the target or targets. Sometimes dive-bombing would be followed immediately be strafing at ground level before reforming. The sky is a big place, and often after bombing and strafing it was difficult to find other aircraft of any sort, the sky looked so empty, never mind a whole squadron to formate with. ” On July 19, 72 pilots of the USAAF 57th Fighter Group had flown their factory-fresh P-40Fs from the carrier USS Ranger off the West African coast to Accra and then proceeded eastward across the continent to their ultimate destination in Palestine.

Wing area 236sq. 36lb per sq. ft Landing speed 82mph Max speed at altitude 378mph at 10,500ft D 32 P40N5 Curtiss built more P-40Ns (Kittyhawk IV in RAF service) than any other model of the Warhawk. The N-5 introduced a revised canopy and cockpit glazing for improved visibility. No. 634 of the 28th Fighter Squadron/3rd Fighter Group was one of the initial complement of new P-40s assigned to the Chinese-American Composite Wing when it went into action at Kweilin, China, in December 1943. It is shown here as it looked in January 1944, a month before Chinese Air Force fuselage roundels and rudder stripes were applied.

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