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Total received: 89.

General characteristics:

Crew: 1 

Length: 31.67 ft (9.66 m)    Wingspan: 37.33 ft (11.38 m)  Height: 12.33 ft (3.76 m)

Wing area: 235.94 ft² (21.92 m²)  

Empty weight: 6,350 lb (2,880 kg)   Loaded weight: 8,280 lb (3,760 kg)

Max takeoff weight: 8,810 lb (4,000 kg)

Powerplant: 1× Allison V-1710-39 liquid-cooled V12 engine, 1,150 hp (858 kW)  


Maximum speed:  (310 knots, 580 km/h)   Cruise speed: (235 knots, 435 km/h)   

Range: 650 mi (560 nm, 1,100 km)  

Service ceiling 29,000 ft (8,800 m)    

Rate of climb: 2,100 ft/min (11 m/s)   Wing loading: 35.1 lb/ft² (171.5 kg/m²)

Power/mass: 0.14 hp/lb (230 W/kg)  


Guns: 6× .50 caliber (12.7 mm) M2 Browning machine guns, 150~200 rounds per gun

Bombs: 250 lb (113 kg) to 1,000 Ib (453 kg), a total of 1,500 lb (680 kg) on three hardpoints (one under the fuselage and two underwing)

The first flight of one P-40 in Brazil occurred on 7th Aug 1942 and took place at Natal Airbase. In that same year they began their patrol duties over the adjacent sea. 6 were the P-40-E received. In 28 Oct 1943 seven more aircraft P 40-K added to 3 P 40 M model arrived at the base. The following P 40 were used in several Brazilian fighter groups:  

6 P40-E delivered by the USAAF in 1942 based in Natal Parnamirim Field.

30 P 40 K delivered by the USAAF between November 1942 and March 1943, except 5 that were involved in accidents during the ferrying.

14 aircraft were dispatched to Recife, Ibura Field, and 11 transferred to Natal. From those 5 reported damaged 2 were later restored.    

10 P 40 –M delivered by the USAAF in Feb 1943. Only 9 entered service being 4 at Natal, 3 at Salvador, Bahia, 1 at Recife while the 10th does not appear in records. 

41 P 40-N received between Oct 1944 and March 1945 and distributed in several airbases as follows:  15 to Porto Alegre with the 3rd Fighter Group.  

20 to Santa Cruz with the 2nd Fighter Group.   

6 to Natal as part of a mixed group. 

In all the Brazilian Air Force operated 89 Curtiss  P 40 and only in 1954 they left active service when FAB entered in the Jet age when the already seasoned crews welcomed the British Gloster Meteor.    

A nice view of 2 P 40 in a close formation. 89 aircraft were in use by several squadrons in Brazilian Air Force.   

Above several P-40 seen parked at Parnamirim Field. Photo

P 40 seen at Parnamirim Field. These fighters were one of the first batch of modern aircaft received by newly created Brazilian Air Force FAB.

One P 40 crashed at Parnamirim AFB upon a belly landing. Photo

Above a nice view of Brazilian Air Force P 40 aligned at Parnamirim airfield. Soon they will take off for another patrol mission over a convoy in south Atlantic. Photo

A lone P 40 E seen during a patrol mission along the Northeastern Brazilian coast.Photo.

One of the first P 40 Squadrons seen parked alongside the Zepellin hangar at Santa Cruz Airfield Rio de Janeiro. Photo



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