Curtiss P-40 n Long-nosed Tomahawks

Curtiss P-40 n Long-nosed Tomahawks


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Curtiss P-40 n Long-nosed Tomahawks by Carl Molesworth, Adam Tooby, Richard Chasemore

In 1939, with the threat of war in Europe growing by the day, the US Army Air Corps brass demanded 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 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 and it delivered admirable. Although 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. This book tells the complete story of the long-nosed P-40, from design and development through to its service with the RAF over North Africa and with US forces over Peal Harbor and in the Far East, where it became renowned as the shark-faced fighter flown by the American Volunteer Group-the legendary "Flying Tigers".

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ISBN-13: 9781780969091
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 05/21/2013
Series: Air Vanguard Series
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 1,210,848
Product dimensions: 7.28(w) x 9.75(h) x 0.21(d)

About the Author

Carl Molesworth, a resident of Mount Vernon, Washington, USA, is a former newspaper and magazine editor now working as a publicist and freelance writer. A graduate of the University of Maryland with a BA in English, Carl served as an enlisted man in the United States Air Force, 1968-72. He has been researching and writing about fighter operations in World War II for more than 30 years. His 11 previous titles include three books in Osprey's Aircraft of the Aces series, three in the Elite Units series and two in the Duel series.

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