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Flight Museum 060.

Curtiss P-40 Warhawk

First flown in 1938 and remaining in production into 1944, the P-40 flew for more countries during the way than any other fighter. The British called the B and C models the Tomahawk and the D and E models the Kittyhawk. All American versions were known as the Warhawk. During the attack on Pearl Harbour, the P-40 was the most effective U.S. fighter to get airborne. A few weeks later, the P=40 achieved legendary status in the hands of the American Volunteer Group, the "Flying Tigers," in China and Burma.

This particular airframe has perhaps the fewest flight hours of any genuine WWII fighter in the world. It went almost directly from the Curtiss factory into storage, with about sixty hours of flight time intervening. It was later purchased by Frank Tallman, the famed movie stunt pilot. Doug Champlin acquired it in 1972 and it was rebuilt in 1979. The markings are typical of the Chinese Composite Wing, in which American pilots flew alongside Chinese pilots in 1944. O'Reilly's Daughter was a popular Royal Australian Air Force drinking song of its time.

Photographed at Seattle's Museum of Flight.
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Also the airpane of choice for Sky Captain.
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