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Collection

Curtiss A87-A2 Kittyhawk I (P-40 Warhawk)

The popular shark mouth, well suited to the contours of the P-40, was made famous by the 1941 American Volunteer Group (AVG), also known as the “Flying Tigers.”  Flying out of China, Claire Chennault’s 215 pilots earned a record of 286 kills to four losses.  After the United States entered the war, the AVG became part of the USAAF's 23rd Fighter Group.  

By 1941 almost 14,000 P-40s were delivered, making it the first mass produced US fighter, at a unit cost of $57,000.00.  

The P-40 was America’s fighter at the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7th,1941.  

The P-40 was well liked by its pilots and ground crew, despite its altitude restrictions.  

On April 18, 1943, 46 P-40s with 11 Spitfires caught 60 JU-52s and an escort of 21 fighters.  The “Palm Sunday Massacre” that followed led to the downing of 59 of the transports and 16 escorts for the loss of only six P-40s.  

Service History

Delivered: 10/22/41

12/3/41 RCAF on direct British Order Sqd. #118

Stricken: 8/23/46

MFG: Curtiss

First Produced: 1940

Powerplant: Allison V1710-99

Horsepower: 1325

Prop: Curtiss Electric C/S

Service Ceiling: 33,000 ft.

Cruise: 296 mph

Top Speed: 362 mph

Range: 1210 miles

Empty Weight: 6,209 lbs

Gross Weight: 7,696 lbs

 

Wing Span: 37’4”

Wing Area: 236 sq. ft.

Length: 31’9”

Height: 12’4”

Armament: 6 - .50 Cal machine

guns, 1 - 100 lb. bomb

under each wing, 1 - 500 lb.

bomb under the fuselage.

Number Built: Over 14,000

1,500 E-1 Models

 
After WWII, this surplus P-40 was used as a commercial cloud seeder until procured by Yanks in 1975 as the second aircraft in our collection.