Thursday 16 April 2009

Ok, so maybe something 'exotic' at Ardmore!

Curtiss P40N Kittyhawk ZK-VWC 42-104287 outside the Pioneer Aero Restoration hanger today. It has already undergone engine runs and featured on another website/blog (somewhere!). A fire extinguisher was nearby when I took this photo today so suspect more engine runs were on cards although not in the location shown here.

Excerpt from Pioneer's website:

Curtiss P-40N-1 Kittyhawk/Warhawk Project -
USAAF 42-104827/RAAF A29-414
"Come in Suckers"

This aircraft carries the Curtiss Series build stamp 399 in the L/H lower longeron. This makes it the 399th (and second to last) P-40N1 built. It was assigned the USAAF serial 42-104827 and then shipped to Australia under lend lease where it was assigned RAAF Serial A29-414.
While operational in New Guinea with RAAF 78 Squadron, with squadron markings HU-Z, it was written off in a landing accident on arrival at Tadji (Aitape) on the northern coast of New Guinea.

1 comment:

  1. There's a few more pictures here.