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Curtiss P-40N Warhawk
The Warhawk is a low altitude pursuit fighter. It has one of the fastest dive speeds of its generation of planes. Equipped with an arrangement of six .50 cal (12.7mm) heavy machine guns it is a deadly foe in the hands of a trained pilot. The ability to carry SIX (small) bombs also gives it the ability to support ground forces by taking out enemy tanks and vehicles.
This plane gives the American pilots a plane more equivalent to the German Bf109 and the Soviet Yak-9; a nimble and effective plane.
How do I get one?
In the “1.03 – Wings of War” update this wonderful vehicle will become a part of the ever-expanding arsenal for the US faction! The Warhawk unlocks at the Dog Fight Ribbon grade 5. Please note that the P-38 Lightning now has been moved to Dog Fight Ribbon grade 9 as a Heavy Fighter.
Isn’t it very difficult to fly planes?
In the 1.03 – Wings of War update, we introduce two new flight control modes as well as two additional throttle controls making it much easier to get started flying. Take a look at this news-post and video to see more about the new flight controls.
What is the strategic use?
The P40N Warhawk is part of the war as the Medium Fighter Assault Team and counters the German and Soviet Assault Teams fielding Bf109 and Yak9 planes.
The first Warhawk flew in 1938 and a total of 13,738 was produced during from 1939-1944. A large number of variations were made and many different forces flew the plane throughout the war, the British Commenwealth forces and the Soviet Union called them Kittyhawk and Tomahawk for example. A P40 made the first confirmed kill in the European theater on 14 August 1942, when 2nd Lt Joseph D. Shaffer, of the 33rd Fighter Squadron, intercepted a Focke-Wulf Fw 200C-3 maritime patrol plane that overflew his base at Reykjavík, Iceland. Shaffer damaged the Fw 200, which was finished off by a P-38F Lightning. As recent as 2012 a crashed “Kittyhawk” P40 flown by the Royal Air Force was found in very good condition in the Egyptian desert!