KITTYHAWK
KITTYHAWK

Manufacturer

CURTISS

Markings:

8th Fighter Squadron, Papua New Guinea, 1943

Designation:

P-40N

Serial Number:

42-104961

CURTISS P-40N KITTYHAWK

The P-40 is probably the most recognizable of the Curtiss Aircraft Company's designs. Developed from the P-36A in 1938 the P-40 was technologically inferior to the fighters then in production and development elsewhere in the world. However, it was ordered in large numbers by the U.S. Army and in smaller numbers by the British and French primarily because it could be built quickly and in large numbers using existing production lines. The P-40N was the last version of the Warhawk produced. The primary change from earlier versions was a modification to the area just behind the pilot to improve visibility. More than 5,200 P-40Ns were built, making it the most produced version of the Warhawk.

Specifications

  • Wingspan: 37 ft 3 in
  • Length: 33 ft 4 in
  • Height: 12 ft 4 in
  • Weight: 7,740 lbs (loaded)
  • Max. Speed: 350 mph
  • Service Ceiling: 31,000 ft
  • Range: 360 miles
  • Engines: 1 Allison V-1710-81 with 1,200 horsepower
  • Crew: 1