The Curtiss P-40 Warhawk was an American single-engine, single-seat, low-wing, all-metal fighter and ground attack aircraft manufactured by Curtiss-Wright Corporation. In the 1930s and 1940s, the P-40 Warhawk fighter bomber was the last of the famous ""Hawk"" line, and it shared certain design elements with its predecessors, the Hawk and Sparrowhawk. Warhawk was the name the United States Army Air Corps adopted for all models, making it the official name in the United States for all P-40s.
It was the third-most numerous US fighter of World War II. An early prototype version of the P-40 was the first American fighter capable of speeds greater than 300 mph. Design work on the aircraft began in 1937, but numerous experimental versions were tested and refined before the first production version of the P40, the Model 81, appeared in May 1940. By September of that year, over 200 had been delivered to the Army Air Corps. 185 more were delivered to the United Kingdom in the fall of 1940, where they were designated the Tomahawk Mk I. P-40s first saw wartime service with the British Commonwealth squadrons of the Desert Air Force in August 1941.
The P-40E, also called the ""Kittyhawk"" and ""Tomahawk"" in England and Canada, was a modified version of the earlier P-40 Warhawk. The P-40E had six machine guns and 700 lbs. of external bombs. P-40E was an accurate scale rendition of an actual Flying Tiger aircraft used during World War II, but its realistic scale looks dont hinder its outstanding sport flight performance. In the Philippines, Lt. Boyd D. Wagner became the first American ace of World War II while flying a P-40E when he shot down six Japanese aircraft during mid-December 1941. Produced until 1944, P-40s were used by the Air Forces of 28 nations and gained reputation for its high durability and toughness.
A total of 2,320 P-40E Warhawk were built.