Curtiss P-40L 'Warhawk'
|  Base model:||P-40|
|  Designation System:||U.S. Air Force|
|  Designation Period:||1925-1947|
|  Basic role:||Pursuit|
|  Length:|| 33' 4"|| 10.1 m|
|  Wingspan:|| 37' 4"|| 11.3 m|
|  No. of Engines:|| 1|
|  Powerplant:|| Packard V-1650-1|
|  Horsepower (each):|| 1300|
|  Max Speed:|| 364 mph|| 586 km/h|| 316 kt|
Known serial numbers
|42-10430 / 42-10479, 42-10480 / 42-10699, 42-10700 / 42-10847, 42-10848 / 42-10959, 42-10960 / 42-11129
42-11130 / 42-11676
42-14237 / 42-14296
Recent comments by our visitors
| Sharon Bennett|
| Here's another serial# I didn't see listed on the page.
Info is about my great-uncle:
Date 25 Feb 43
A/C Type Curtiss P-40L-5-CU Warhawk
Pilot Young, Howard W
No info on pilot at this time. Plane condemned salvage non combat Apr 7, 1945
Aircraft: Curtiss P40L-5CU Warhawk
Date 25 Feb 1943
Squadron 310 FS
Group 58 FG
1st Air Force
09/03/2010 @ 17:50 [ref: 29768]
| Aaron F. Robinson|
| In order to improve the Merlin-powered Warhawk's performance in short-range combat, the P-40L version was created.
The P-40L (Model 87-B3) was basically a "stripped" version of the Merlin-powered P-40F-5-CU, in which 250 pounds of weight was saved by the partial removal of fuel, armament, and the like. The P-40L was otherwise virtually identical to the Merlin-powered P-40F-5-CU. Some of the P-40L production blocks featured planes with reduced armament and smaller capacity fuel tanks in order to obtain even more reduced weight and even better performance. The L-model was sometimes known as the "Gipsy Rose Lee", after the famous strip-tease dancer of the time.
The P-40L-1-CU had the same fuel and armament as the P-40F.
The P-40L-5-CU and subsequent P-40Ls had two of their wing guns removed to reduce the total armament to four 0.50-inch machine guns with 201 rounds per gun. Internal fuel was reduced by 31 Imp gal by the removal of front wing tanks.
The P-40L-10-CU had electrical aileron trim tabs and engine control changes.
The P-40L-15-CU had revised carburetor air filters and inter-aircraft signal lights.
The P-40L-20-CU had radio and electrical changes and provisions for an incendiary (destruct) grenade.
Despite the weight savings, the maximum speed of the P-40L was a mere 4 mph greater than that of the P-40F at rated altitude.
One hundred P-40Ls were sent to Britain as Kittyhawk IIs with no mark distinctions from the P-40Fs. The RAF serials for the P-40Ls were FS400/FS499. 160 other P-40Ls reached the RAF as Kittyhawk IIIs. Their serials were FL714/FL730, FR116/FR140, FR385/FR392, and FR413/FR521.
A certain number of P-40Ls were selected at random and were withdrawn from operational service and modified with the adoption of the 1360 hp Allison V-1710-81 engine in place of the original Merlin. These were used as advanced trainers. They were redesignated P-40R-2. At least 53 P-40L-->P-40R conversions took place which can be identified by serial number, but there were probably many more.
01/21/2010 @ 06:52 [ref: 25610]
| Alba Brusa|
| Recently founded in TirrenoSea - Italy - one almost yet perfect Curtiss-P40L.Actually it is into
""Museo of Piana delle Orme" not so far to Roma.
Please note: www.pianadelleorme.it"
If I've well understood, it it should be the only one type L
04/04/2009 @ 15:27 [ref: 24074]
| John B. Mier|
| My uncle, Roman Mierzejewski, flew a P-40L with the 317th Fighter Squadron, 325th Fighter Group out of N. Africa. He was lost on a mission over Sardinia 28 JUN 43. Does a
P-40L exist in a museum anywhere? If anyone flew a P-40L, please tell me a little about it.
01/26/2001 @ 11:22 [ref: 1468]
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