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"I am writing regarding the P-51A... (Serial #). She was sitting on jacks at Cal Aero Tech when I attended A/C maintenance training there in June of 1951. I often felt sadness for that aircraft, as I was sure it was destined for the bone yard. You cannot imagine the thrill it gave me to run across your museum and see her so beautiful and know she was safe. It made me misty-eyed. I honor you for maintaining a beautiful legacy."
James H., Clarkson, WA
James H., Clarkson, WA
- 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.
- 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.
|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
|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|