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Curtiss Kittyhawk

Curtiss Kittyhawk

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The Curtiss P-40 series of fightersâ?¦the Tomahawk and Kittyhawk (or Warhawk as it was known in the USA) are the subject of this video from Jeff Watson. “Damned by words but flown to glory” was the description given by one American general to the P-40. Yet although it was obsolete even at the beginning of World War II and outclassed by British, German and Japanese fighters it did the job asked of it. The Kittyhawk was heavy and relatively slow but it was a stable gun platform and excellent in the ground attack role. Small wonder that it inspired tremendous loyalty in the pilots who flew it.

This film shows the restoration of Australia’s only flyable P-40 VH-KTH (RCAF registration AK752) which at the end of the war was buried in a hole in the ground in Alberta, Canada! There is archive film of Kittyhawks in North Africa, the Dutch East Indies and with the Flying Tigers in Burma. Also great colour photography of what it’s like to fly in the back seat of a Kittyhawk as it formats with a Spitfire and a Mustang! Also the Messesrschmitt 109 captured by Australians in North Africa.

Cat no. 104939-9

 
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