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Author Topic: Lend-Lease P-40K schemes  (Read 12071 times)
marluc
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« Reply #15 on: August 07, 2011, 04:19:09 PM »

From MBI book "Curtiss P-40":



The P-40 on the right side of the picture has a sharkmouth.Hope it helps,greetings.

Martin
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« Reply #16 on: August 07, 2011, 10:39:59 PM »

Hi Martin,
thank you for sharing.
Some planes on the background look to have camouflage.
Regards
Massimo
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« Reply #17 on: August 07, 2011, 10:50:28 PM »

Yes, after the shark mouth one, there are three with single-color paint, followed by a series of temperate scheme aircraft.

According to some sources, only ~50 aircraft were transferred via this ALSIB route before it was decided the engines could not handle the cold of Siberia.  "The Americans had briefly attempted to fly P-40s along the AlSib (AlaskaSiberia) Trace from Alaska, across Siberia and then to western USSR. However, the fighter?s Allison engine proved unable to manage the extreme cold, and this route was abandoned for P-40s following the delivery of just 48 aircraft."  This is from an Osprey publication.

For what it's worth, I found Denisov's book "Below us - the Black Sea" online in Russian for free.  I might make it part of my language study and try to translate parts of it.
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« Reply #18 on: August 08, 2011, 10:15:17 PM »

According to some sources, only ~50 aircraft were transferred via this ALSIB route before it was decided the engines could not handle the cold of Siberia.  "The Americans had briefly attempted to fly P-40s along the AlSib (AlaskaSiberia) Trace from Alaska, across Siberia and then to western USSR. However, the fighter?s Allison engine proved unable to manage the extreme cold, and this route was abandoned for P-40s following the delivery of just 48 aircraft."  This is from an Osprey publication.
Interesting. Plenty of Airacobras were transferred via ALSIB-route...

Cheers,

AaCee
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