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  P-40C Warhawk Serial Number AK295 Code ZK-TWK
VSS
147 IAP

Aircraft History
Built by Curtiss in Buffalo, New York. Exported to the Soviet Union as part of defense aid.

Wartime History
During December 1941 delivered to the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). Assigned to the Soviet Air Force (VSS), to squadron 147 IAP with fuselage code ZK-TWK. Ths P-40 operated on the Northern Front of the Soviet Union.

Mission History
On February 1, 1942 took off on a combat mission and was shot down. This aircraft was the first P-40 Warhawk lost in the European Theater.

Wreckage
This aircraft remained in situ until 1990. Salvaged and exported to the United States. Purchased by Tom Wilson of Griffon, GA. Next, purchased by Chris Gruys of Marina Del Ray, CA then sold to Provenance Fighter Sales.

Restoration
Transported to AvSpecs in New Zealand for restoration. Precision Aerospace was subcontracted to restore the wings and landing gear. Next, sold to Rod Lewis of Texas.

Painted in the markings of U. S. Army P-40C Warhawk Tail 81-15P with fuselage code 160. On April 17, 2007 first flown by John Lamont at Ardmore Airfield and during Easter flown at the Omaka "Classic Fighters" airshow.

References
Flight Journal, June 2007
Classic Wings Vol. 18, No. 2 Issue 80, June 2007 "Tomahawk Debuts" page 6 "Tomahawk Tales" page 16-19
Aviation Safety Network - ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 122791

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Last Updated
May 23, 2018

 

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