Curtiss P-40 in action, Ernest R. McDowell

Curtiss P-40 in action, Ernest R. McDowell

Squadron Signal 026

This is a good guide to the development of the P-40, a fighter than went through a more than usually complicated series of versions in US and British service. This book works through the main versions in US service, from the first development of the P-40 as an improved P-36 to its final production variants. It also clearly explains how the various American designations match up with the British Kittyhawks and Tomahawks.

I only have two criticisms of this book. The P-40E-1, of which 1500 were produced, is listed in the production figures, but not explained (it was produced for lend lease). I would also have liked to seen performance figures for more of the main variants of the aircraft. Otherwise, this is a good guide to the development of this major American fighter aircraft.

Author: Ernest R. McDowell
Edition: Paperback
Pages: 58
Publisher: Squadron/Signal
Year: 1976


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