The P-40 had a variety of versions during the war, appearing first as the Tomahawk, followed by the Kittihawk, and in 1941 as the Warhawk.
The Mosquito was originally developed in 1938 as a small bomber. Built of wood, it was designed primarily for speed and economy of production.
Designed for carrier operations, the Hellcat was one of the last fighter planes introduced during the war. It was considered a replacement for the Navys Wildcat.
First designed in 1935 and deployed in 1937, the Hurricane has the distinction of having served on seventeen different battlefronts. It was used in a variety of roles, from fighter-bomber to carrier-based fighter.
Almost 10,000 P-38 Lightnings were built during World War II, roughly 10% of Americas fighter production during the war. With a wingspan of fifty-two feet, the P-38 was the biggest of the single-seat fighters.
The most famous fighter of WWII, the Mustang was also credited with the most "kills" of any US fighter produced during the war. Originally developed as a British ordered design, the Mustang was first deployed in the fall of 1940.
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