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28. Feb 2020 06:54
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micc 1 month ago
"Although it gained a postwar reputation as a mediocre design, suitable only for close air support, more recent research including scrutiny of the records of individual Allied squadrons indicates that this was not the case: the P-40 performed surprisingly well as an air superiority fighter, at times suffering severe losses, but also inflicting a very heavy toll on enemy aircraft.[10] Based on war-time victory claims, over 200 Allied fighter pilots from 7 different nations (United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa, the United States, and the Soviet Union) became aces flying the P-40, with at least 20 double aces [11] mostly in the North Africa, China-Burma-India, Pacific and Russian Front theaters. The P-40 offered the additional advantage of low cost, which kept it in production as a ground-attack aircraft long after it was obsolete as a fighter."

commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Jacqueline_Cochran_in_a_Curtiss_P-40_Warhawk.jpg ( en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women_Airforce_Service_Pilots )
micc 1 month ago
@ "The American Airpower Museum's P-40 will be at SUN 'n FUN in Florida"