Ways of the War Hawk: How to Fly the Curtiss P-40 Fighter (Color, 1944)

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This film is a detailed checkout produced by P-40 manufacturer Curtiss Wright, in rare World War 2 color. Claire Chenault's Flying Tiger's deadly weapon in China, the P-40 was the Army Air Corp's main front line fighter at the outbreak of the War. Not as agile as a Japanese Zero, the P-40 made up for that with speed, especially in a dive, and firepower. This rugged plane served the Allies around the world , from the deserts of North Africa to the jungles of SE Asia.

The aircraft featured in this film is a P-40F or L, which were powered by Packard built V-1650 Merlins (which also powered Spitfires and the P-51B through D) for better high altitude performance. Other P-40 versions were powered by Allison engines.P-40s supplied to Commonwealth countries were known as 'Kittyhawks."


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