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  P-40N-5-CU "Empty Saddle / Keystone Kathleen" Serial Number 42-105513 Tail 20
5th AF
49th FG
7th FS

Aircraft History
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. Constructors Number 29269. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 49th Fighter Group, 7th Fighter Squadron. Nicknamed "Empty Saddle / Keystone Kathleen". Squadron number 20 painted on the tail. Assigned to pilot Arland Stanton. This aircraft was abandoned and scrapped at Finschafen Airfield.

Until 1987, this aircraft was in situ at Finschafen Airfield.

During 1987, recovered from Finschafen Airfield by Ian Whitney.

During 1989 this aircraft was with N. Monty Armstrong of Melbourne, Australia. Reportedly under restoration at Australian Aerospace Museum at Essendon Airport Victoria, Austraila

During March 2007, the fuselage was under restoration in a jig. The tail section was newly manufactured by Pioneer Aero Restorations Limited (Pioneer Aero).

Other sources incorrectly state this aircraft was recovered from Tadji Airfield during 1974.
Wings Over New Zealand Show Aviation Podcast - Episode 98 – WOA – Ian Whitney includes a photograph of this aircraft March 2007 under restoration.

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Last Updated
January 31, 2018


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