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Paul Wisgerhof
A P-40.
Harry Ellett
A beautiful aircraft. The American Volunteer Group put it to good use against the Japanese in China. I remember the John Wayne movie about the group. Long ago.
John mcGeoghan
Looks fearsome Same family as the spitfire?
Colin Seftel
John McGeoghan: The Curtiss P-40 Warhawk is of the same era as the Supermarine Spitfire, but fell well short of the Spitfire's performance, particularly ceiling (29,000ft vs 36,000ft) and rate of climb (2,100 ft/min vs 2,600 ft/min). Both aircraft had water-cooled V12 engines but the P-40's Allison V-1710 produced 1,150hp compared to the Spitfire's Rolls-Royce Merlin 1,470hp.
alan mistrater
the Curtiss-Wright Museum in Hammondsport, NY would LOVE to have one of these. They need a benefactor.
John mcGeoghan
Colin ,thanks for your detail feeding my curiosity.. They look to have a similar airframe. Did the designers collaborate? When were they superseded? <br />.
John Rumble
&quot;P-40's Allison V-1710 produced 1,150hp compared to the Spitfire's Rolls-Royce Merlin 1,470hp.&quot;<br />Which is why they switched to a Merlin in the Mustang
jobeard
The BIG reason for the switch to the RR Merlin was the two stage supercharger. The Allison would burn pistons for 20,000 AGL and the action over Europe was clear up to 40,000. So birds with the Allison went to the Pacific for ground support or to Russia (eg p-39/p-63).
jobeard
btw: The P-40 was from Curtiss (U.S.) and the Spitfire from Supermarine (U.K.)<br />The Spitfire linage was from the days of air racing in the Schneider Cup.<br /><br /><a rel="nofollow" href="http://warbirdtails.net/2015/03/03/the-supermarine-schneider-racers/">https://warbirdtails.net/2015/03/03/the-supermarine-schneider-racers/</a>
jplumley
In response to Alan Mistrater: The Curtiss Museum DOES have a P-40, currently in the restoration shop. My 92 year old uncle works on it every Friday.
John mcGeoghan
Jplumley your uncle ex service man?
John mcGeoghan
Any AP 40 this side of the pond?
John mcGeoghan
JB great story link. Thank you.
steved28
The Flying Tigers
Greg Byington
There are quite a few surviving P-40's. There is a list here:<br /><br /><a rel="nofollow" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_surviving_Curtiss_P-40s">https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_surviving_Curtiss_P-40s</a><br /><br />But I'm not sure how many are still flying. I believe it is only one or two dozen. I just got to see (and hear) five p-40's at the same time last month. Very cool! I've posted some pics to my gallery and will post some more over the next little while.<br /><br />Oh, and nice pic, Gary!

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