CENTRAL CALIFORNIA VALLEY SQUADRON
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Curtiss P-40 Warhawk
Come check out the P-40 project in our hangar. Ron Smith started this project in 2014. During this time his wife, Jeri, along with CAF Colonels Patrick Glynn, Ron Ramont, Ben Kuhn and Shanon Kuhn helped him bring this P-40 to life.
The Loehle P-40 Warhawk is a simple wooden constuction replica of the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk which is said to be one of WWII's most famous fighters.
If the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk was not the best fighter in the arsenal of the U.S. Army Air Corps (USAAC) when the United States entered the conflict, it was the most numerous type available. The Lockheed P-38 Lightning could outperform the P-40, especially at high altitude, but the P-40 was less expensive, easier to build and maintain, and — most important — it was in large-scale production at a critical period in the nation’s history when fighter planes were needed in large numbers. To learn more about the P-40 and it's contribution to WWII, visit this link.