Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. Constructor Number 29683. Delivered to the U. S. Army. During August 1943, disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force. No known nickname or nose art. During May 1944, abandoned at Dumpu Airfield.
Remained in situ until 1974 at Dumpu Airfield.
During 1974, the fuselage section was recovered by Monty Armstrong on behalf of David Tallichet / Yesterday's
Air Force. Afterwards, shipped to Chino Airport and placed into storage.
During 2002, sold to John
Fallis in Lafayette, Louisiana who began restoring the aircraft to airworthy status. On January 30, 2003 registered with the FAA as N49FG owned by Chuzy Suzy LLC / Mr. John
Fallis. As of December 30, 2006 the Allison V1710 engine was installed and the aircraft was on its landing gear.
John Fallis adds:
"I own P-40N serial number 42-105861 and am restoring it. I started in 1998 and have about a year or so left. All major sheet
metal work is done and the engine is ready to send off for rebuild.
If you or anyone else can find any information on its history,
I would greatly appreciate it."
Classic Wings Issue 50:
"It ended up in Louisiana as a stripped out hulk but was mocked up with
phony cowlings, prop, canopy etc to make it look complete for a memorial. Left
to the elements its future was looking pretty bleak before John rescued it for
restoration to fly."
FAA Registry - N49FG P-40N 42-105861
Thanks to John Fallis for additional information.
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January 9, 2018