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Curtiss P-40-N1 Kittyhawk

Fighter

The Curtiss 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 Kittyhawk’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 Kittyhawk (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.

During its restoration it was converted to a two-seat status with the addition of a seat in place of the rear fuel tank. The rear seat is complete with dual controls and instruments for conversion training in what is a remarkable feat of engineering. This has allowed the fighter to retain its original lines but provide the public with a unique opportunity to experience what it was like to fly in an authentic fighter.

The RNZAF operated 293 Kittyhawks 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.

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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

Cessna L-19/O-1 Bird Dog

Observation aircraft

Country of Origin: United States of America
Engine: Continental O-470-11, 213hp air-cooled flat-six piston engine
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North American P-51-D Mustang

Fighter

Country of Origin: United States of America
Engine: Packard Merlin V-1650, 1450 Hp, V12 Supercharged Piston Engine
Top Speed: 803 Km/h, 500 MPH, 434 Knots

 

Fokker Dr.1

Fighter

Country of Origin: German Empire
Engine: Rotec R3600, 150hp, 9-cylinder radial piston engine
Top Speed:

 

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Another photo from Warbirds on Parade 2023. Strikemaster 72 in the hands of pilot and owner Charles Davies showing off those classic Blunty lines. 😍 It has been awesome having this machine on display at NZ Warbirds at Ardmore while it has received some maintenance from the team at Pioneer Aero. 📷 @bertscoolpics 📍Ardmore Airport #keepemflying #warbird #avgeek #aviation #aviator #aviationlovers #bac #strikemaster #jetprovost #aerobatics#aviationphotography #pilot #flying #flight #photographer #instagood #airshow #show #onlyinnz #nz #newzealand #aotearoa ##pioneer #purenz #IfYouSeekNZ #viper
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Mellow Yellow? Harvard 78 flown by Jeff Hunter at last Sunday’s Warbirds on Parade. 📷@sierra_tango_uniform @stu_65 #keepemflying #warbird #avgeek #aviation #aviator #aviationlovers #aerobatics #harvard #t6 #aviationphotography #pilot #flying #flight #photographer #instagood #airshow #show #onlyinnz #nz #newzealand #aotearoa ##pioneer #purenz #IfYouSeekNZ
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It almost doesn’t look real 👀 But it is! Albatros DVa replica ZK-ARS captured by Paul at our recent Warbirds on Parade airshow. What a great show! 📷Paul Johnston 📍Ardmore Airport #keepemflying #warbird #avgeek #aviation #aviator #aviationlovers #ww1 #albatros #aerobatics#aviationphotography #pilot #flying #flight #photographer #instagood #airshow #show #onlyinnz #nz #newzealand #aotearoa #pioneer #purenz #IfYouSeekNZ
We are go for Sunday!😁 We have been busy setting up for our big show tomorrow and the weather looks to be okay at this stage. There was plenty of flying activity at Ardmore with various aircraft getting up to practice their routines. Also a few aircraft have flown in who are visiting for tomorrow including Strikemaster 72 from Wellington. A few things to keep in mind: 🔘Gates open at 9am and displays start at 10:30am. Tentative display program is now up on our website as well as our airshow display map. 🔘Directions to get to Ardmore can be found here👇 https://nzwarbirds.org.nz/contact/travelling_to_warbirds_on_parade/ 🔘Remember access to the show and parking is via the Hamlin Road entrance ONLY! 🔘Unfortunately NO dogs are allowed at the show except for registered service dogs. 🔘Tickets are still available via iTICKET and Yes tickets can be purchased at the gate👇. https://www.iticket.co.nz/events/2023/jun/warbirds-on-parade We look forward to seeing you all tomorrow. Spread the word! #keepemflying
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AIRSHOW! Warbirds on Parade - Sunday 10 March 2024. For all of the latest developments - including what's on show - click here.
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