Only a small number of P-40D or Kittyhawk Mk Is were made, less than 50. With a new, larger Allison engine, slightly narrower fuselage, redesigned canopy, and improved cockpit, the P-40D eliminated the nose-mounted .50 in (12.7 mm) guns and instead had a pair of .50 in (12.7 mm) guns in each wing. The distinctive chin airscoop grew larger so they could adequately cool the large Allison engine.
Retrospective designation for a single prototype. The P-40A was a single camera-carrying aircraft.
The P-40E or P-40E-1 was similar in most respects to the P-40D, except for a slightly more powerful engine and an extra .50 in (12.7 mm) gun in each wing, bringing the total to six. Some aircraft also had small underwing bomb shackles. Supplied to the Commonwealth air forces as the Kittyhawk Mk IA. The P-40E was the variant that bore the brunt of air-to-air combat by the type in the key period of early to mid 1942, for example with the first US squadrons to replace the AVG in China (the AVG was already transitioning to this type from the P-40B/C), the type used by the Australians at Milne Bay, by the New Zealand squadrons during most of their air to air combat, and by the RAF/Commonwealth in North Africa as the Kittyhawk IA.
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- (Mk.Ia)nr.239 Wing Desert Air Force, RAF, nr.112 ":SHARK": Squadron, Egypt 1942.
- (Mk.I early) Flg.Off.Neville Duke, nr.239 Wing Desert Air Force, RAF, nr 112 ":SHARK": Squadron, Libya, Feb.1942. :
Aantal onderdelen: 110.
- Lengte.211,5 mm :
- spanwijdte.237 mm