P-40 Warhawk Walk Around (Walk Around 8)
By Lou Drendel
Publisher: Squadron/Signal Publications 1996 82 Pages
PDF 27 MB
The P-40 was one of the most important fighters of World War II. Although it's performance did not compare to other fighters of the day. the P-40 was used successfully on all fronts. P-40 production lasted for five years, during which 13,737 were produced. In 1941 and 1942, some 6,699 P-40s were manufactured, compared to 1.469 P-38s, 2,898 P-39s, 531 P-47s, and 767 P-51s. The P-40 was a bargain for the taxpayers. Production cost of the P-40N was S52.869, while the P-38 averaged S126, 234. the P-39 $71,965, (he P-47 $114, 377, and the P-51 S64.872.
The P-40 was flown by most allied air forces. It was one of the most important fighters of the British and Commonwealth forces in Africa and Asia. It was also the the mount of the legendary "Flying Tigers", the American Volunteer Group. China's who helped defend China against the Imperial Japanese Air Force. The majority of (he detail photos in this Walk Around are of one of the best warbird restorations in this country. Dick Hansen's recreation of the P-40E flown by General Robert L. Scott, commander of the 23rd Fighter Group, successors to the Tigers.
Also covered in much less detail is the Curliss Hawk 75. The Hawk was the progenitor of the P-40, in line and in name with all P-40 variants, foreign or domestic, were named with some Hawk variation, "Warhawk, Kittyhawk, Tomahawk". All of the photos and detail drawings of the Hawk contained herein are from original Curtiss Wright manuals.
The Curtiss Hawk 75 was designed in 1934, and flown for the first time in 1935. Engine problems, however, delayed its introduction until 1937, when Curtiss received the largest peacetime order for a fighter ever placed. The Army Air Corps placed an order for 210 P-36As, worth $4,113,550, on 7 July 1937.