Curtiss P-40 variants

Curtiss P-40 Variants

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Description:
The P-40 went through four significant transformations, comprising 10 official variants, in its international military service.

Hawk 81A-1/P-40B/P-40C (British Commonwealth/Soviet "Tomahawk Mk I" and "Tomahawk Mk IIA and IIB")

Distinguishing Features:
Twin nose guns, smaller engine cowling

Time in Service:
1941-43

Major Operators:


Commentary:
This was a very important type for the allies in the early part of the war. Many were destroyed on the ground at Pearl Harbor and in the Philippines in December 1941; it did well with the AVG in China and Burma, and was the most effective fighter available to the RAF in the early months of the Desert War. It was also a small but important part of the Soviet arsenal in 1942, being one of the few types available to them which could take on the Bf 109. The earliest version (P-40) had only four guns and lacked armor plate or self sealing tanks, but the British...
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