The P-40 is best known as the aircraft used by Claire Chennault's American Volunteer Group ("The Flying Tigers"). While not an outstanding fighter, it was well used during the first half of the war (especially in the Pacific theater), until it was replaced by more capable types. Not counting the P-47 or the P-51, it was the most extensively built US fighter, with almost 14,000 units being delivered before production ended in 1944.
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(updated February 2009)
Curtiss P-40E Kittyhawk
Type: Fighter Crew: 1, Pilot Armament: six.50 cal machine guns Specifications: Length: 31' 9" (9.68 m) Height: 12' 4" (3.76 m) Wingspan: 37' 4" (11.38 m) Gross Weight: 9100 lbs Propulsion: No. of Engines: 1 Powerplant: Allison V-1710 Horsepower: 1150 each Performance: Range: 850 miles (1368 km) Cruise Speed: 235 mph (378 km/h) Max Speed: 362 mph (582 km/h) Ceiling: 30000 ft (9143.6 m)
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