Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 49th Fighter Group. No known nickname or nose art.
Abandoned at Finschafen Airfield.
Until 1974, the wreckage remained in situ at Finschafen Airfield.
During 1974, the wings and cockpit section (incomplete fuselage) incomplete fuselage were recovered by Charles
Darby and Monty Armstrong for Yesterday's
Air Force. It was shipped to
the United States were it was stored at Chino, CA.
Sold to Artemis Aviation Group and registered with the FAA as N959FT on June 26, 2014.
Graeme McDermott adds:
Darby tells me it reportedly went to Yesterdays Air Force but he has heard nothing of it since. Charles says that the last word he had on the aeroplane was that it was with Tom Wilson but this is not confirmed."
FAA Registry - N959FT P-40N-5 42-104959
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January 31, 2018