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Curtiss P-40 Warhawk: books - history and technology

A book on the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk? Here are illustrated books on the history and technology of Curtiss fighter aircraft.

Curtiss P-40 Warhawk : The Famous Flying Tigers Fighter (Legends of Warfare)

The Curtiss P-40 had a production run of 13,738 aircraft, making it the third most produced US fighter of WWII. Famous as the "shark-mouthed" aircraft of the legendary American Volunteer Group - "Flying Tigers" - the P-40 was first flown in 1938, and was used by the United States and many of its Allies throughout the war.

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This volume tells the story of this iconic aircraft - from design and construction to combat use to detailed images of existing examplesthrough carefully researched photos, some of which have never before been published, and which are reproduced in remarkable clarity.

These stunning photos, coupled with descriptive and informative captions, put the reader in the skies with this historic aircraft.

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Author:David Doyle
Specs:112 pages, 24 x 42 x 1.7 cm / 9 x 16.5 x 0.67 in, hardback
Illustrations:137 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Schiffer Publishing Ltd (USA, 2017)
Series:Legends of Warfare
Book: Curtiss P-40 Warhawk : The Famous Flying Tigers Fighter (Legends of Warfare)

Curtiss P-40 Warhawk : The Famous Flying Tigers Fighter

Language: English

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Curtiss P-40 - Snub-nosed Kittyhawks and Warhawks (Osprey)

An improved version of the Allison V-1710 engine gave rise to the Curtiss H-87, which began life in 1941 as the P-40D and featured a completely redesigned fuselage. The shorter and deeper nose of the new fighter gave it a decidedly snub-nosed appearance compared to the earlier P-40 models.
Curtiss continued to tweak the H-87 for the next two years in the search for better performance, but the last major version, the P-40N, was only marginally faster than the first. In the process, Curtiss even tried an engine change to the Packard Merlin in the P-40F and L but to no avail. What the late model P-40s lacked in speed and service ceiling, they traded for maneuverability, durability and availability. Their niche became fighter-bomber operations, and they fought on fronts as varied as the arctic wastes of the Aleutian Islands and Iceland, the steaming jungles of the South Pacific and the barren deserts of North Africa.
P-40s were a common sight in the skies over Burma and China, Sicily and Italy, and western Russia as well. By the time production ceased in 1944, Curtiss had produced nearly 14,000 P-40s.

Contents: Introduction - Design and Development - Technical Specifications and Variants - Operational History - Conclusion - Bibliography and Further Reading.

Author:Carl Molesworth
Specs:64 pages, 24.5 x 18.5 x 0.4 cm / 9.7 x 7.3 x 0.16 in, paperback
Illustrations:photographs and drawings (in b&w and colour)
Publisher:Osprey Publishing (GB, 2013)
Series:Air Vanguard (11)
Book: Curtiss P-40 - Snub-nosed Kittyhawks and Warhawks (Osprey)

Curtiss P-40 - Snub-nosed Kittyhawks and Warhawks

Language: English

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Curtiss P-40 - Long-nosed Tomahawks (Osprey)

The initial version of the Curtiss P-40, designated by the manufacturer as the Hawk H-81, combined the established airframe of the earlier radial-powered H-75 (P-36) fighter with the Allison V-1710 liquid-cooled engine. The year was 1939, and the marriage was one of expediency.
With the threat of war in Europe growing by the day, the US Army Air Corps brass wanted a modern fighter that would combine the sterling handling qualities of the P-36 with a boost in performance that would make it competitive with the new types emerging in Germany and England, and the generals wanted the new plane immediately.
The P-40 delivered admirably, and though it never reached the performance levels of the Bf 109 or Spitfire, the sturdy fighter nevertheless made a place in history for itself as the Army's frontline fighter when the US entered World War II. Long-nosed P-40s initially saw combat in North Africa, flying in Royal Air Force squadrons. They also fought in the skies over Pearl Harbor and the Philippines. But the long-nosed P-40 is best known as the shark-faced fighter flown by the American Volunteer Group - the legendary Flying Tigers - over Burma and China during 1941-42.

Contents: Introduction - Design and Development - Technical Specifications and Variants - Operational History - Conclusion - Bibliography and Further Reading.

Author:Carl Molesworth
Specs:64 pages, 25 x 18.5 x 0.6 cm / 9.8 x 7.3 x 0.24 in, paperback
Illustrations:photographs and drawings (in b&w and colour)
Publisher:Osprey Publishing (GB, 2013)
Series:Air Vanguard (8)
Book: Curtiss P-40 - Long-nosed Tomahawks (Osprey)

Curtiss P-40 - Long-nosed Tomahawks

Language: English

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P-40 Warhawk vs Bf 109 - MTO 1942-44 (Osprey)

Although the P-40 and the Bf 109 joined the air war over North Africa at nearly the same time in 1941, the German fighter had already racked up a considerable combat career, dating back to 1937 in Spain. In contrast, the P-40 was a bit of an unknown quantity and was making its combat debut in the hands of the RAF's Desert Air Force.

Discover how the huge differences between the veteran Bf 109 and the new P-40 determined the tactics they adopted and the ultimate outcome of their epic confrontation in this book. The author covers all aspects of the aerial battle, from the small, agile Bf 109's ability to operate more effectively at high altitudes through to the P-40's advantage in manoeuvrability, which outweighed its poor high altitude performance.

Author:Carl Molesworth
Specs:80 pages, 25 x 19 x 0.6 cm / 9.8 x 7.5 x 0.24 in, paperback
Illustrations:40 b&w photographs, 20 drawings in colour
Publisher:Osprey Publishing (GB, 2011)
Series:Duel (38)
Book: P-40 Warhawk vs Bf 109 - MTO 1942-44 (Osprey)

P-40 Warhawk vs Bf 109 - MTO 1942-44

Language: English

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P-40 Warhawk Aces of the CBI (Osprey)

This book details the colourful experiences of the elite pilots of the AAF's Tenth and Fourteenth Air Forces in the 'forgotten' China-Burma-India theatre during WW2. Inheriting the legacy of the American Volunteer Group (AVG), units such as the 23rd FG 'held the line' against overwhelming Japanese forces until the arrival of the first P-38s and P-51s in 1944.
The Warhawk became synonymous with the efforts of the AAF in the CBI, being used by some 40 aces to claim five or more kills between 1942-45.
This volume is the first of four covering the exploits with the P-40 during World War 2.

Author:Carl Molesworth
Specs:96 pages, 25 x 18.5 x 0.7 cm / 9.8 x 7.3 x 0.28 in, paperback
Illustrations:photographs and drawings (in b&w and colour)
Publisher:Osprey Publishing (GB, 2000)
Series:Aircraft of the Aces (35)
Book: P-40 Warhawk Aces of the CBI (Osprey)

P-40 Warhawk Aces of the CBI

Language: English

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P-40 Warhawk vs Ki-43 Oscar (Osprey)

Known for the distinctive "sharkmouths" decoration on their noses, P-40 fighters first saw combat in China during World War II.Their most common adversary was the Japanese Nakajima Ki-43, nicknamed "Oscar."
Carl Molesworth describes and explains the design and development of these two foes, the products of two vastly different philosophies of fighter design.

The P-40 was heavily armed and sturdy with armor protection and self-sealing fuel tanks, but paid for this with the loss of speed and a sluggish performance at altitude.
The Ki-43 was a rapier to the battleaxe P-40 and the Ki-43 was immensely nimble, though with less firepower and durability.

This book examines these two different fighters, and the pilots who flew them over China, with an action-packed text, rare photographs and digital artwork.

Author:Carl Molesworth
Specs:80 pages, 25 x 18.5 x 0.5 cm / 9.8 x 7.3 x 0.2 in, paperback
Illustrations:b&w photographs, drawings in colour
Publisher:Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (GB, 2008)
Series:Duel (8)
Book: P-40 Warhawk vs Ki-43 Oscar (Osprey)

P-40 Warhawk vs Ki-43 Oscar

Language: English

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