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Curtis P40E Kittyhawk 1A WW2 Fighter

The Curtiss P-40E Kittyhawk (Model H87-B2) was based on the existing Curtis P-40 design as famously used by Major General Claire Chennault's Flying Tigers but with  improved offensive armament and the unsatisfactory Allison engine replaced by a Rolls Royce Merlin V-1650-39 licence built Packard, the engine used by the British Spitfire and Hurricane fighters and later by the Mustang.

Curtis P40E Kittyhawk 1A Fighter Plane


Curtis P40E Kittyhawk 1A Armament:

  • Six .50" calibre machine guns
  • Bomb load: One 500 lb. and two 100 lb. bombs carried externally

Curtis P40E Kittyhawk 1A Specifications:

  • Crew: pilot only
  • Maximum Take off Weight 9,200 lb (4,173 kg)
  • Wing Span: 37ft. 4in.
  • Length 32ft.
  • Height: 12ft. 5in.
  • Maximum Speed: 366 mph (589 km/h)
  • Service Ceiling: 29,000 ft. (8,839 m)
  • Range: 350 miles (563 km)
  • Engine: Packard Merlin V-1650-39 1,150 hp V12 cylinder
Curtiss P-40N Warhawk
French Order

The Curtis P40E Kittyhawk was ordered by the French Government at the outbreak of WW2, but after their surrender to German forces the fighters were diverted into RAF service as the Curtis P40E Tomahawk, other air-forces who also flew the Curtiss P-40E Kittyhawk include the RAAF, Russian air-force, RNZAF and the South African air-force.

Curtis P40E Kittyhawk 1A
Curtiss P-40M Warhawk painted for the film 'Red Tails'

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