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Curtiss P-40E Warhawk

Though often slower and less maneuverable than its adversaries, the P-40 earned a reputation in battle for extreme ruggedness

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The solid, reliable Warhawk was used in many combat areas -- the Aleutian Islands, Italy, the Middle East, the Far East, the Southwest Pacific and some were sent to Russia. Though often slower and less maneuverable than its adversaries, the P-40 earned a reputation in battle for extreme ruggedness. It served throughout the war but was eclipsed by more capable aircraft. More than 14,000 P-40s were built, and they served in the air forces of 28 nations. The aircraft on display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force is a Kittyhawk (the export version of the P-40E built for the RAF S/N AK987). It is painted to represent the aircraft flown by then-Col. Bruce Holloway, a pilot in both the Flying Tigers and its successor Army Air Forces unit, the 23rd Fighter Group. This P-40 was obtained from Charles Doyle, Rosemount, Minn.

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About Lyle Jansma

Over time, photographer Lyle Jansma has improved his technique for creating and sharing 360º cockpit views, taking his camera to other aircraft collections including the Museum of Flight, Tillamook Air Museum, Evergreen Air & Space Museum, and the National Museum of the Air Force in Dayton, Ohio. The images are available on the ACI Cockpit360º App for iPads and iPhones, and now, in the Panorama gallery.

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