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Curtis P-40-N-1 Kittyhawk

Fighter

The Curtis 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

Pacific Aerospace Corporation CT4

Trainer

Country of Origin: New Zealand
Engine: Continental IO-360-H-B9B, 210hp flat-six piston engine
Top Speed: 383 Km/h, 238 MPH, 207 Knots

 

Percival Proctor Mk.1

Radio Communications Trainer/Touring Aircraft

Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Engine: de Havilland Gipsy Queen II, 210 Hp Straight 6 engine
Top Speed: 257 Km/h, 160 MPH, 140 Knots

 

McDonnell Douglas A-4K Skyhawk

Fighter Attack

Country of Origin: United States of America
Engine: Pratt & Whitney J-52-P8A, 9,300Ib axial flow turbojet
Top Speed: 1083 Km/h, 673 MPH, 584 Knots

 

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