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P-40 Warhawk In Action

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The Curtiss P-40 Warhawk served as a workhorse fighter aircraft during WWII and was best known for its menacing shark mouth nose art. This book traces the P-40s development and modifications throughout WWII with 168 photos and numerous color profiles. Surviving P-40s can still be seen at many airshows around the world.

Expanded edition with more photos, updated content, and 20 more pages. The Curtiss P-40 Warhawk, a US single-engine single-seat all-metal fighter and ground-attack aircraft, first took to the air in 1939. In service throughout WWII and used by most Allied powers, the P-40 was the third most-produced US pursuit plane. A total of 13,738 of the aircraft were produced by the time output ceased in November 1944. The P-40 first saw combat with British Commonwealth forces in June 1941, even before the US entered the conflict. It was in the Pacific, however, that the aircraft became an icon. Decorated with menacing shark mouths, P-40s served as workhorse fighters of the American Volunteer Group better known as the Flying Tigers who came to China in late 1941, following the withdrawal of the Soviet Volunteer Group earlier that year, as the USSR struggled to maintain a precarious neutrality with Japan and avoid a two-front war. Meanwhile, the P-40 was the first Allied fighter supplied to the Soviet Union under Lend-Lease for use against the Germans. After Pearl Harbor, the US Army Air Force flew the P-40 extensively in the Mediterranean Theater and during Operation Torch and the subsequent advance northward into Europe. This volume traces the development of the various modifications of the P-40 throughout the war years and includes contemporary photos of surviving P-40s going through their paces at airshows today.

Pages: 80
Size: 11 X 8.5 (inches)
Format: Paperback
Publisher: MMD-Squadron Signal
ISBN: 9780897478045
Product Code: SS804