P-40 Hawker Hurricane: Cessation of production

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  1. gjs238

    gjs238 Well-Known Member

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    It's sometimes asked why the P-40 remained in production so long.
    I think the "Truman Committee" looked into that.

    However, the Hawker Hurricane also stayed in production until sometime in 1944 - even though versions of the P-40 were considered a better performer.

    Apparently, the P-40 Tomahawk's and/or Kittyhawk's were preferred over the Hurricane by the British Commonwealth units in Mediterranean and European theatres. (The first units to convert were Hawker Hurricane squadrons of the Desert Air Force (DAF), in early 1941.)

    The P-40s were considered superior to the Hurricane, which they replaced as the primary fighter of the Desert Air Force. (Masell, Patrick. "The P-40 and the Zero." Naval Aviation and Military History, 2002. Retrieved: 7 March 2006.)

    In this context, why the criticism of the P-40 end of production?
     
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    tomo pauk Creator of Interesting Threads

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    Not sure what do you try to ask with last question. Do you suggest that production of the P-40 should have continued into 1945, or that it should have ended earlier than historically?
     
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