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A Survivor’s Tale – The Fighter Collection’s P-40F

The business end of The Fighter Collection’s P-40F gets in close to the camera of John Dibbs. This aircraft was rescued from a jungle in the South Pacific. (Facebook.com/theplanepicture)
The Americans christened the P-40F the Warhawk (more fitting and aggressive than the British moniker of Kittyhawk II), and it saw action on many fronts, including the Pacific. It was here, on a quiet former battle ground of World War II, that one of Curtiss’ combat-hardened warriors was to survive through to the 1970s, as a forgotten wreck on the island of Espiritu Santo. Fate, however, was to deal P-40F-15 USAAF serial 41-19841, manufacturing serial...

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A Survivor’s Tale – The Fighter Collection’s P-40F

Article in October 2022 Issue

ON THE COVER: You can almost hear the roar from The Fighter Collection’s ultra-rare, Merlin-powered P-40F as it comes in close to the camera ship. This aircraft was found on the South Pacifi c island of Espiritu Santo after it had been lost for nearly 40 years. (Photo by John Dibbs/Facebook.com/theplanepicture)


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