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P-40 Warhawk
Tomahawk / Kittyhawk
A restored Warhawk in the "Flying Tigers" paint scheme
Role Fighter aircraft
National origin United States
Manufacturer Curtiss-Wright Corporation
First flight 14 October 1938
Retired Brazilian Air Force (1958)
Primary users United States Army Air Forces
Royal Air Force
Royal Australian Air Force
Royal Canadian Air Force
Produced 1939–1944
Number built 13,738
Unit cost US$44,892 in 1944
Developed from Curtiss P-36 Hawk
Variants Curtiss XP-46

The Curtiss P-40 (also called the Tomahawk, Warhawk, and Kittyhawk) was a fighter aircraft that could also be used for attacking things on the ground. It was made by Curtiss. It first flew in 1938 and saw combat during World War II. It was not as fast high up as the German Luftwaffe fighters, but was used a lot in other places. It was used not only the United States Army Air Force, but also a mercenary air force called the "Flying Tigers." They put the mouth of a shark on their P-40s. It could fly to 360 miles per hour. In 1948, the United States Air Force stopped using it.


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