|This page is about the premium American fighter P-40C. For other versions, see P-40 (Family).|
- 1 Description
- 2 General info
- 3 Armaments
- 4 Usage in the battles
- 5 History
- 6 Media
- 7 Read also
- 8 Sources
The P-40C Warhawk is a Rank II American fighter with a battle rating of 2.3 (AB/SB) and 2.7 (RB). It was introduced during Update 1.75 "La Résistance" in the 2017 "Festive Quest" that took place between 22 December 2017 to 22 January 2018. It was obtained via completing 7 pilot's Christmas toys.
The P-40C is nearly identical in looks to its younger brother, the P-40E. However, the distinguishing part of the P-40C are the nose-mounted .50 Caliber machine guns. This allows you to have a denser cone of fire in contrast to other US aircraft at this battle rating.
| Max Speed
(km/h at 4,500 m)
| Max altitude
| Turn time
| Rate of climb
| Max Speed
(km/h at 4,500 m)
|Max altitude (meters)||Turn time (seconds)|| Rate of climb
|Take-off run (meters)|
|Combat flap||Take-off flap||Landing flap||Air brakes||Arrestor gear|
| Wing-break speed
| Gear limit
| Combat flap
|Max Static G|
|< 420||< 380||< 420||> 310|
|Optimal altitude||100% Engine power|
|700 m||970 hp|
Survivability and armour
- 38 mm Bulletproof glass - Armored windscreen
- 9.5 mm Steel - Armor plate in nose
- 8 mm Steel - Armored plate behind the pilot
The P-40C is armed with:
- 2 x 12.7 mm Browning M2 machine guns, nose-mounted (235 rpg = 470 total)
- 4 x 7.62 mm Browning machine guns, wing-mounted (500 rpg inner + 480 rpg outer = 1,960 total)
The P-40C can be outfitted with the following ordinance:
- Without load
- 1 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bomb
Usage in the battles
he most plausible manner to use this aircraft is in the Boom & Zoom role, given its fast speed in a dive. In addition, the nose-mounted .50 calibre can help you preform certain attacks a P-40E pilot could dream of doing. However, there are certain methods to using the plane, as it is an earlier iteration of the P-40.
The first method is to climb to altitude, and try to intercept enemy attackers and bombers. This tends to play in favor of the P-40C, due to its excellent top speed of 528 kph (328 mph) at 3,800 meters (12,467 feet.) That being said though, you are inhibited by its relatively slow rate of climb of only 10 meters/second (32 feet/second.) On the contrary, once you reach altitude, Boom & Zoom as much as you want against bombers, as your high dive speed will make it difficult for most gunners to target you. In addition, you have a nice turn speed of 21 seconds, which can allow you to snap over on some opponents with relative impunity. If you do find yourself fighting in the vertical, flaps will also be of use to you, as they do have a decent speed tolerance before they snap off.
Specific enemies worth noting
Perhaps the biggest threat comes from facing any Japanese plane at this battle rating. They can turn so much faster than you as to bleed your speed and energy to the point of stalling out. The greatest threats come from the Ki-44s and the A6M2-N. In addition, the Ki-43 has significantly greater maneuverability than you. The vast majority of these planes have guns similar in caliber to a .50 Cal, which means that they have the firepower to dispatch you at a fairly fast rate.
In terms of the British, any Spitfire or Hurricane will out-turn you. While they do not have as heavy of armament as you do, the shear rate of fire from the .308s can light up exposed ares of the plane, or even score a pilot kill. While it is mostly unlikely, the Spitfire Mk. IIb not only boasts maneuverability, but also two 20 mm Hispano cannons, which can tear you to bits. In addition, almost all British fighters can out-climb you, which leaves you at a disadvantage in energy.
The Germans have the most planes that can give you a problem, due to the vast majority of them having 20 mm cannons. Most notably are aircraft like the Bf-110 and the Bf-109 E-3. You also do have to worry about aircraft like the Bf-109 F-1, which has a 20 mm cannon in the propeller hub. While it is unlikely, you may also face the Fw-190 A-1. Most German planes will have a significantly better climb rate than you and be able to energy fight you more efficiently. As mentioned earlier, most German planes boast much heavier firepower than you, which renders you at a disadvantage in punching power.
Most Russian planes will also give you a run for your money. Almost all of the Russian planes boast only nose-mounted weaponry, giving them a significant advantage over most allied planes. The most common enemies to worry about are any plane with the prefix "Yak." Perhaps the most common cause of US teams being defeated by the Russians, is the fact that they head on an IL-2. Never under any circumstance head on an IL-2.
As mentioned earlier, the P-40C has nose-mounted .50 cals, which can make short work of almost any fighter at battle rating 2.3. The aircraft also has a tighter turning time than the P-40E, which can give a P-40C pilot a small advantage. If a P-40C finds its way onto your tail, try to make the pilot over-shoot or bleed energy. The cockpit, while having more protection than an open top and a bubble canopy, is still a fairly vulnerable spot, so pilot snipes aren't uncommon.
Heads up for German and Russian pilots! While aircraft like the Bf-110, LaGG-3 and the Yaks have nose-mounted weaponry, an experienced P-40C player can still make you pay dearly in a head-on. If you find yourself in a head on with a P-40C, fire a short burst, then hit the deck to avoid being hit by return fire. This is especially true with the Russians due to their wooden air frame.
Manual Engine Control
|Controllable||Not controllable||Not controllable||Not controllable||Separate||Not ontrollable||Not controllable|
Pros and cons
- Similar learning curve to the P-40E
- Rather sturdy airframe
- Nose-Mounted .50 Cals! This allows for more accurate firing in contrast to most US planes
- Plentiful .30 Cal ammunition
- Relatively fast for its battle rating
- The plane can carry a 500 lb bomb, which can be useful against ground targets (Tank RB)
- Tighter turning circle than the P-40E
- You will most likely run out of .50 Cal ammunition before running out of .30 Cal ammunition, which means you lose a fair deal of your punch
- Decent energy retention leaves some things to be desired
- Modest rear-cockpit visibility
- Only a modest climb rate
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- The P-40C has only been available so far in the 2017 "Festive Quest" that took place between 22 December 2017 to 22 January 2018. It was obtained via completing 7 pilot's Christmas toys.
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