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United States' Curtiss P-40E / Kittyhawk Mk IA fighter

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Curtiss P-40E Kittyhawk fighter:
United States' Curtiss P-40E Warhawk fighter
Curtiss P-40E Kittyhawk fighter:
United States' Curtiss P-40E Warhawk fighter
Curtiss P-40E Kittyhawk fighter:
United States' Curtiss P-40E Warhawk fighter
Curtiss P-40E Kittyhawk Mk IA fighter:
United States' Curtiss P-40E Warhawk fighter
RAAF Photo

Design

The P-40E had additional machine guns installed.2

Usage

The P-40E was the first to see combat with United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) in Europe and the Mediterranean.2

Specifications

  Curtiss P-40E1,2
Type Fighter2
Crew 12
Engine (Type) Allison V-1710-392
Cylinders V 122
Cooling Liquid2
HP 1,1662
Propeller blades  
Dimensions  
Span 37' 4"2
Length 31' 3"2
Height 12' 4"2
Wing area  
Weight  
Empty 6,300 lb1
2,858 kg1
Loaded 8,400 lb1, 8,840 lb2
3,810 kg1
Maximum load 9,100 lb1
4,128 kg1
Performance  
Speed @ 5,000 ' /
1,524 m
335 mph1
539 kph1
Speed @ 15,000' /
4,572 m
354 mph2, 362 mph1
582 kph1
Cruising speed  
Climb 2,050'/minute1
625 m/minute1
Climb to 20,000' /
6,096 m
13 minutes1
Service ceiling 29,000'1,2
8,838 m1
Range 670 miles1, 700 miles2
1,078 km1
Range with drop tank 900 miles1
1,448 km1
Armament 6: MG2
Wings 6: 0.5" MG1
Bomb under fuselage 1: 500 lb1
1: 227 kg1
OR  
Bomb under wings 2: 100 lb1
2: 45 kg1
Bombs 700 lb2

Sources:

  1. Aircraft of WWII, Stewart Wilson, 1998
  2. World War II Airplanes Volume 2, Enzo Angelucci, Paolo Matricardi, 1976
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site

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