Curtiss P-40: Long-nosed Tomahawks

Curtiss P-40: Long-nosed Tomahawks

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In 1939, with the threat of war in Europe growing by the day, the US Army Air Corps brass demanded a modern fighter that would combine the sterling handling qualities of the P-36 with a boost in performance that would make it competitive with the new types emerging in Germany and England, and the generals wanted the new plane immediately. The initial version of the Curtiss P-40, designated by the manufacturer as the Hawk H-81, combined the established airframe of the earlier radial-powered H-75 (P-36) fighter with the Allison V-1710 liquid-cooled engine and it delivered admirably. Although it never reached the performance levels of the Bf 109 or Spitfire, the sturdy fighter nevertheless made a place in history for itself as the Army's frontline fighter when the US entered World War II. This book tells the complete story of the long-nosed P-40, from design and development through to its service with the RAF over North Africa and with US forces over Pearl Harbor and in the Far East, where it became renowned as the shark-faced fighter flown by the American Volunteer Group - the legendary ''Flying Tigers''.The first attempt by Curtiss to mate the Hawk 75 airframe with the new Allison V- 1710 inline engine produced the unsuccessful P-37. Here, one of the 13 YP-37s undergoes cold weather testing in Alaska. ... Though the XP-37 was judged promising enough for the Army to order 13 service test YP-37s, it ultimately failed due to these reliability ... Curtiss 13 called its new fighter the Hawk 75P (soon changed.

Title:Curtiss P-40: Long-nosed Tomahawks
Author: Carl Molesworth, Adam Tooby, Richard Chasemore
Publisher:Osprey Publishing - 2013-05-20

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