"I just wanted to express my thanks to you and the staff at Valle, AZ for making our visit very special and memorable... The bottom line is that Planes of Fame is more than the planes and the flying, it's the great people working for you that make it an experience my family and I want to repeat. We appreciate the work you have done over many years to preserve our aircraft heritage and I have to think the Good Lord has blessed Planes of Fame because He wants that too.

Michael H., Vernon, AZ
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HISTORY

  • The P-40 is most widely known as the aircraft of the Flying Tigers, aka the American Volunteer Group (AVG), who began fighting the Japanese in China during the early days of the Pacific war.
  • The P-40 was not as maneuverable as the aircraft types flown by the Japanese.
  • The P-40 was built in a number of variants, sold to several foreign air forces, and operated under a plethora of names.
  • It was known as the Warhawk to the USAAF, while the British Commonwealth countries called the early versions Tomahawks and the later versions Kittyhawks. A number served with the SovietAir Force, under the lend-lease program.
  • The aircraft served in all theaters of WW2.
  • Purchased by Edward Maloney in 1960 and restored to flight by Planes of Fame Air Museum in 1980.

DISTINCTION

  • This airplane is also one of the Museum’s few actual combat veterans, having shot down a Japanese incendiary balloon off British Columbia.
  • The museum's aircraft is a Kittyhawk IV (equivalent to the P-40N in USAAF service), flown by the Royal Canadian Air Force. It is painted in the markings of the 325th Fighter Group.
  • Appearances in the movies Pearl Harbor and Valkyrie.

SPECIFICATIONS


Status: Flyable Length: 33 ft. 4 in.
Manufacturer: Curtiss Height: 9 ft. 8 in.
Year: 1943 Maximum Speed: 378 mph
Model: P-40N Warkhawk Cruise Speed: 288 mph
Serial Number: 42-105192 Power Plant: 1, 1,200-hp Allison V-1710-81 V-12
liquid-cooled engine
Crew: 1 Range: 1,080 miles
Max T/O Weight: 8,850 lb. Service Ceiling: 31,000 ft.
Span: 37 ft. 4 in. Armament: Six 0.50-cal machine guns


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