Aircraft | Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawk

  

Curtiss P-40E Kittyhawk (NZ3009) at Duxford - Click for Full Image

Curtiss P-40E Kittyhawk (NZ3009) is one of the Breitling fighters operated by the Old Flying machine Company and in 2002 was painted in the livery of the American Volunteer Group, also known as the 'Flying Tigers'. It had Chinese Air Force markings and represented Kittyhawks that were flown by US pilots for the Chinese. However, early in 2003 it was sporting some temporary Luftwaffe markings, apparently for film work - it has since been returned to the 'Flying Tigers' livery. This particular aircraft was saved from a New Zealand scrap yard in the 1950's and was transported to the US for restoration. It arrived in the UK in 1997 and following full restoration, flew for the first time in more than 50 years.

(Picture March 2003)


 

Curtiss P-40M Kittyhawk ('49') at Duxford - Click for Full Image

Airworthy Curtiss P-40M Kittyhawk ('49') at Duxford on the flightline before the September 2002 Air Show. Supplied to the USAF as 43-5802 it later served with the Royal Canadian Air Force before serving with Columbia Automotive from the middle of the 1950's to 1979. Following a rebuild it joined the Fighter Collection in 1984, arriving at Duxford the following year.

 

(Picture September 2002)

 

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