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P-40E-1 Kittyhawk
P-40E-1
Note: Base stats only (no upgrade installed)
Rank II (2)
Battle Rating 2.7
Type Fighter
Maximum Speed on height 568 km/h / 601 km/h fully upgraded
Maximum Altitude 8,839 m
Turn Time 24.2 seconds / 22.3 s fully upgraded
Rate of Climb 10.6 m/s / 17.5 m/s fully upgraded
Takeoff Run 384 m
Armament 6x 12.7 mm Browning machine gun (1410 rds)
Burst Mass 3.23 kg/s

The Curtiss P-40E-1 Kittyhawk (Warhawk) is an American single-engine fighter which was in service with the U.S. and Soviet Air Forces. The P-40E-1 currently sits at Rank 2 in the American line with an upfront cost of 20,000 Lion. It is also available in the Soviet line as a Tier 1 Premium Aircraft for 700 Goldeneagle

Design, Development & Operational HistoryEdit

Allied forces have used this American single-engine fighter all over the world: in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Pacific theater. P-40E-1 'Kittyhawk' modification of that plane, made for the British Air Force, was equipped with an Allison V-1710-39 engine and armed with six 12.7 mm. Browning machine guns. The plane could optionally carry 500 pounds of bombs under its fuselage and 100 pounds of bombs on each wing. 

Fought as a fighter during the most crucial period in both the Pacific and North African campaigns, The P-40E played a major role in the defense of Australia and New Guinea in 1942, and with the Desert Air Force (DAF) in intense fighting against the Luftwaffe and Regia Aeronautica also in 1942. The P-40E was also an important type for the Soviets.

Soviet P-40E-1

A Soviet P-40E-1

In the Desert War, the arrival of the P-40 gradually shifted the tide of war. The aircraft was considered a match for the Bf 109 at low altitudes, yet was at a disadvantage at higher altitudes. The usage of the P-40 accelerated the retirement of the Bf 109E  and its replacement by the faster and more maneuverable Bf 109F. The top scoring DAF squadrons, including No.3 Squadron RAAF and No.112 Squadron RAF, transitioned from the Tomahawk to the Kittyhawk, scoring many kills against Luftwaffe and Regia Aeronautica types, helping the DAF hold on through this tough period.

There were more than 1,500 P-40E-1s produced.

In-game, the P-40 is a versitile aircraft. Fully upgraded, this aircraft can carry 700 Lb worth of bombs, making it a competant ground attacker, while having a high rate of climb and turn rate, making it an amazing dogfighter. This aircraft allows early players to practise ground attacks and dogfighting tactics. The only downside to this aircraft, common among many American fighters, is the lack of 20mm cannons.

Skins Edit

Mjr Edward F Rector CO of 76th FS 23rd FG Kweilin China July 1942: Shoot down 30 players

4 P40E-1 76th FS 23rd FG China

76th FS 23rd FG

Flt Lft Nicky Barr 3rd Squadron RAAF Sidi Haneish Egypt 1942: Shoot down 30 players

8 P40E-1 RAAF 112 squad

3rd Squadron RAAF

Sgt H.G.Burney 239th Wing 112th Squadron RAF Libya May 1942; Shoot down 50 players

3 P40E-1 239th wing 112th squad

239th Wing 112th Squadron

Sgt Eddie Edwards 94th Squadron RAF Gasr el Arid Libya 1942: Shoot down 100 players

6 P40E-1 raf 94 squad

94th Squadron

White 106 Chinese Air Force Laiwang/Baosham Chine April/May 1942: Shoot down 120 players

5 P40E-1 chinese air force

Chinese Air Force

FO Neville Duke 112th Squadron RAF LG319 Gamburt Main Libya 1942: Shoot down 140 players

7 P40E-1 raf 112 squad

112th Squadron

P40N-20- Gloria Lyons Officer Adams 18th Squadron RNZAF 1944: Shoot down 170 players

9 P40E-1 RNZAF 18 squad

18th Squadron RNZAF

P40M- Wairarapa Wild Cat FO Geoffrey Fisken 14th Squadron RNZAF Guadcanal: Shoot down 190 players

10 P40E-1 RNZAF 14 squad

14th Squadron RNZAF

Flt Lt Les Jackson 75th Squadron RAAF Port Moresby New Guinea 1942: Shoot down 230 players

Checkertail shark 1st Lt George P Novotry 325th FG 317 FS 8th AF: Shoot down 250 players

11 P40E-1 RAAF 75 squad

75th Squadron RAAF

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