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Curtis P-40-N-1 Kittyhawk

Fighter

The P-40 Kittyhawk is an American aircraft that was the United States Army Air Corp’s (USAAC) first mass-produced fighter. Developed from the P-36, the P-40’s easy flying characteristics was praised by its pilots but loathed for its lack of performance at high altitude.  However, with its robust, rugged build, it went on to become a successful, low level, ground attack/fighter for the Allies.

Our aircraft (A29-448) is an ex Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) machine which served with 75 and 78 squadrons in Papua New Guinea where it saw combat against Japanese forces.  A landing mishap saw the aircraft left in Papua New Guinea until it was recovered in 1973 and brought back to NZ for restoration.  She is painted in her authentic 75 squadron markings.

The RNZAF operated 293 P40s where they were used in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. Here they supported American, Australian and New Zealand ground troops during the landings of Guadalcanal.

Country of Origin: United States of America
Engine: Allison V-1710-39, 1360 HP V12, single stage supercharged piston engine
Length: 10.20m (33ft 6in)
Height: 3.76m (12ft 4in)
Wing Span: 11.42m (37ft 5in)
Maximum Speed: 378mph (609 kmh or 329 knots)
Range: 750 miles (1200km)
Service Ceiling: 38,150ft (11,630m)
Armament: 6 x M2 Brownings 0.5 calibre machine guns, 250 to 2000Ib of bombs

Ryan Pt-22 Recruit

Primary Trainer

Country of Origin: United States of America
Engine: Kinner R-540-1 , 160hp 5-cylinder radial engine
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English Electric Canberra B(I)8

Bomber

Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Engine: 2 x Rolls-Royce Avon RA7 Mk.109 turbojet engines, 7,400 lbs each
Top Speed:

 

de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver

STOL Utility Transport

Country of Origin: Canada
Engine: Pratt & Whitney R-985 Wasp Jr. 450hp 9-cylinder radial piston engine
Top Speed: 255 Km/h, 158 MPH, 137 Knots

 

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