VERY FEW IF ANY, know this version of the honorable P-40 has the Rolls Royce Merlin engine installed. Built by the Packard firm; it would do 365mph and included bomb racks in addition to a centerline drop tank. This is my favorite version of P-40, along with the P-40B that the Legendary Flying Tigers used in China. PERFECT SHOT OF THIS LEGENDARY AIRCRAFT!! WISH IT WAS MINE!! ^____^
She is one of only two surviving Merlin powered P-40s flying anywhere in the world so yes she's pretty special. Having had the fortune to see a varied selection of the Curtiss Hawks in the air, P-40B, P-40E, P-40M, P-40N, P-40F and also the worlds only airworthy P-36 variant (A french built Hawk 75A-1 namelessfaithlessgod.deviantar… ) I can say that you can tell the difference between the Merlin and Allison variants, both in performance and sound. The Allison has a more gentle whistling sound, where as the Merlin just has that aggressive growl.
Funny that you say that the P-40B is your favourite variant as the collection that own this P-40F, the Fighter Collection based at Duxford also own the worlds only airworthy P-40B. (that Hawk-75A-1 I mentioned earlier is theirs too) , she is made even more special in the fact that she was genuinely at Wheeler Field, Pearl Harbor on the day of the Japanese attack. She was in a maintenance hangar so survived the raid unscathed. There are a three other early profile P-40s flying but they are "C" variants. The Fighter Collection's example is the only "B" variant still flying. namelessfaithlessgod.deviantar…namelessfaithlessgod.deviantar… namelessfaithlessgod.deviantart.com/art/P-40-Pair-366149835 namelessfaithlessgod.deviantart.com/art/Curtiss-Hawks-385580657
You might like to know that this is a particularly rare example then. Unlike most the standard P-40 which was powered by the Allison V-1710 engine. This example is the variant that was powered by the Packard Merlin like the Mustang. This is one of only two of that variant left in flyable condition.