The Curtiss P-40N "Warhawk" was the United States' "foremost fighter in service when WW II began," according to the museum. "P-40s engaged Japanese aircraft during the attack on Pearl Harbor and the invasion of the Philippines in December, 1941. They were also flown in China early in 1942 by the famed Flying Tigers, and in North Africa in 1943 by the first AAF all-black unit, the 99th Fighter Squadron."
Weighing in at 9,100 pounds, it had six .50-caliber machine guns and also carried external 700-pound bombs. It is 12 feet 4 inches high, 31 feet 9 inches long and had a maximum speed of 362 miles an hour. It also had a range of 850 miles.
"The P-40 served in numerous combat areas--the Aleutian Islands, Italy, the Middle East, the Far East and in southwest Pacific," a sign in the museum reads, "and some were sent to Russia."