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P-40 "Kittyhawk"



Curtiss P-40M at the Air Forces Scientific Research Institute. © Michael Bykov

Curtiss P-40M at the Air Forces Scientific Research Institute.

Aircrafts P-40F, -K/M and -N under designation «Kittyhawk» from Mk-II to Mk-IV were supplied to Great Britain in accordance to Lend-Lease terms; 2097 airplanes P-40 were supplied to USSR.

Engine " Allison " had no turbocompressor and quickly lost power at altitudes above 4500 m. Therefore P-40 applied with success in quality of attack aircraft or short-range bomber. Good controllability have won to it the deserved glory.

Crew 1
Wing span, m 11.37
Length, m 10.16
Height, m 3.23
PE V-1710-81 Allison, hp 1,200
Weight, kg:
Empty weight 2,812
Maximum takeoff weight 5,171
Maximum speed, km/h 552
Time to 6,100m, min 9
Service ceiling, m 9,450
Service range, km 1,200
6 X 12.7-mm machine guns in the wing, bombs on the external suspension, kg 680


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  • "American Warplanes of World War II" /under cor. David Donald/