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CURTISS P-40 WARHAWK

The Curtiss P-40 Warhawk was an American single-engine, single-seat, all-metal fighter and ground attack aircraft that first flew in 1938. The P-40 design was a modification of the previous Curtiss P-36 Hawk which reduced development time and enabled a rapid entry into production and operational service. The Warhawk was used by most Allied powers during World War II, and remained in front line service until the end of the war. It was the third most-produced American fighter, after the P-51 and P-47; by November 1944, when production of the P-40 ceased, 13,738 had been built, all at Curtiss-Wright Corporation’s main production facilities at Buffalo, New York.

Role: Fighter aircraft

National origin: United States

Manufacturer: Curtiss-Wright Corporation

Designer: Donovan Berlin

Wingspan: 37’ (11 m)

Length: 32’ (9.65 m)

Top speed: 360 mph (579 km/h)

First flight: 14 October 1938

Retired: 1958

Primary users: United States Army Air Forces, Royal Air Force, Royal Australian Air Force, Royal Canadian Air Force, Royal New Zealand Air Force

Produced: 1939–1944, Buffalo, New York

Number built: 13,738

Unit cost: US$44,892 in 1944

Developed from: Curtiss P-36 Hawk

Variants: Curtiss XP-46

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