Curtiss Model 81A-1
|1310.6 비행 속력|
|560 km/h해수면 최고 속도|
|560 km/h최적 고도 최고 속력|
|1600 m최적 고도|
|750 km/h최고 강하 속도|
|113.3 m/s상승 속력|
|160 km/h실속 속도|
|367.5 km/h최적 비행 속력|
|10.8 초평균 360도 회전 속도|
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프로펠러 동조 기관총
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Pros and Cons
- Very weak armament
- Poor maneuverability
The first flight of a P-40 (Ser No 39-156) was on April 4, 1940. Maximum speed was 357 mph at 15,000 feet, service ceiling was 32,750 feet, and initial climb rate was 3080 feet per minute. An altitude of 15,000 feet could be reached in 5.2 minutes. Cruising speed was 272 mph, landing speed was 80 mph, and the range at 250 mph was 950 miles. The length of the P-40 was 31 feet 8 3/4 inches, which became standard for all early models. Weights were 5376 pounds empty, 6787 pounds gross, and 7215 pounds maximum.
Deliveries of the P-40 to Army units began in June of 1940. Three of the P-40s were used for service testing, the USAAC contract making no provisions for the standard practice of supplying YP models. They were delivered with full camouflage applied-olive drab on the top and grey on the undersides. The standard rudder stripes and star insignia were applied to both wings.
The first USAAC units to operate the P-40 were the 33rd, 35th and 36th Pursuit Squadrons of the 8th Pursuit Group, based at Langley Field, Virginia. It was soon followed by the 55th, 77th, and 79th Pursuit squadrons of the 20th Pursuit Group at Selfridge Field, Michigan, and the 21th, 34th, and 70th Pursuit Squadrons of the 35th Pursuit group which trained on P-40s prior to being issued with P-39s.
Foreign air forces were beginning to take notice of the P-40, and in May of 1940, the Armee de l'Air of France placed an order for 140 H-81As (export model of the P-40).
Only 200 of the initial P-40 order were actually completed as P-40s. Serials were 39-156/280 and 40-292/357 (c/ns 13033/13232). In September of 1940, the remaining 324 aircraft of the initial order had their delivery deferred to enable Curtiss to expedite the delivery of the 140 French-ordered H-81As. The first export aircraft had actually been completed in French markings in April of 1940. However, none of these machines actually reached France before the June 1940 Armistice, and the contract was taken over by the Royal Air Force as the Tomahawk I.
16 P-40s were sent to the Soviet Union after the German invasion.The P-40 lacked such things as armor for the pilot, self-sealing fuel tanks, and a bulletproof windshield, so it was not considered as being suitable for combat. On October 22, 1942, those P-40s still in USAAF service were ordered restricted from combat duty and were redesignated RP-40.