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Curtiss P-40 Warhawk. A photo. Characteristics.
Curtiss P-40 Warhawk. A photo. Characteristics.

Curtiss P-40 Warhawk. A photo. Characteristics.



A type: single-engine fighter

Crew: one pilot

Caught in the shadow of other more successful types of US Air Force fighters, such as the F-38, F-47 and F-51, plane F-40 companies "Curtis" was, however, the main fighter of the US Air Force at the time of a surprise attack by the Japanese fleet Pearl -Harbora December 7 1941 years.

The plane "Warhawk» (Warhawk - bellicose hawk) restrain the frenzied Japanese air attacks on the Pacific Ocean most of 1942 years. The last of a long line of fighters, bearing the name "Hawk" (Hawk-Hawk), the plane F-40 family appeared in the fuselage by combining fighter P-ZbA with the new inline engine liquid-cooled V-1710-19 company "Allison". When he first took off under the designation Hawk 81, none of the engineers of the company's "Curtis" could not imagine that from the beginning of 1939 until December 1944 year will produce about 13 800 aircraft to be used in almost all theaters of the Second World War .

Although initially "Allison" of the engine was the strong point of the plane F-40, he soon became his "Achilles heel", as he was rapidly losing power at altitudes of over 4572 m due to the lack of boost. This led to the fact that at high altitude aircraft "Warhawk" conceded virtually all fighters "Axis" (Germany - Italy - Japan), in connection with which it was used as an attack aircraft, where good survivability and brilliant handling made it a favorite of pilots of the Union troops. Before 1990-ies remained about 20 airworthy aircraft F-40 (different versions), most of which are located in the United States.

Basic data


  • Length: 10,16 m
  • Wingspan: 11,38 m
  • Height: 3,76 m


The weight:

  • BLANK: 2903 kg
  • Maximum take-off: 5216 kg


Aircraft performance characteristics:

  • Maximum speed: 552 km / h
  • Range: 1207 km
  • Powerplant: Engine V-1710-39 (P-on modifications 40E), V-1710-73 (namodifikatsii 40K-P) and V-1710-81 / -99 / -115 (modifications to P-40M / N) of the company "Allison"
  • Power: 1150 l. from. (857,33 kW), 1325 l. from. (1106 kW) and 1200 l. from. (895 kW), respectively,


Date of first flight:

  • 14 1938 October, the


The surviving airworthy modifications:

  • 40E P, P-40K, 40M P, P-40N and TP-40N



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