Pervious identities: VH-KTI
Constructor number: 29677
Serial number: 42-105915
As the war entered 1944. it was decided to try improve the Curtiss P-40’s performance. So it was to lighten the airframe by suppressing two of the six machine guns and change the material and design of somme components to reduce the overall empty weight from 6 400 Ib to 6 000 Ib. In doing so the designation of the type change to P-40N, the last operational version of the P-40.
The first production batch of this type. the P-40N-1-CU was the fastest with a top speed of 378 mph at 10. 500 ft as the following batches restored the six-gun armament. The P-40N-5-CU was the first version to introduce the modified canopy and rear section improving the piloťs rearview.
C/n 29677 that was ordered during the fiscal year 1942 is a P-40N-5CU (Cu designing Curtiss) hence its serial 42- 105915. originally destined to the Chinese Air Force was delivered to USAAF and affected to the 5th Air Force in the Far East Operations Theater.
Its last affectation was the 49th FG as it was abandoned on the airfield of Taji in Papua-New Guinea in the end of the conflict.
The airframe of 42-105915 was discovered, without its engine, recovered by Charles Darby in 1974 and crated to be transported to Auckland. New Zealand.
Murray Griffith, boss of Precision Aerospace undertook the restoration of 42-105915 to flying status. The job took its conclusion in 2002 with the first flight of 42-105915. wearing its colors when it was flown by its pilot It. Robert Warren just before beingabandoned on Tadji’s airfield.
Christian Amara went to Australia in 2007 to buy this particular aircraft and in spring 2008. registered F-AZKU, it was one of the star performers of this year’s Amicale Jean-Baptist Salis airshow.
- Crew: two, student & instructor
- Length: 23 ft 11 in (7.34 m)
- Wingspan: 29 ft 4 in (8.94 m)
- Height: 8 ft 9 in (2.68 m)
- Wing area: 239 sq ft (22.2 m²)
- Empty weight: 1,115 lb (506 kg)
- Useful load: 710 lb (323 kg)
- Loaded weight: 1,825 lb (828 kg)
- Powerplant: 1 × de Havilland Gipsy Major I inverted 4-cylinder inline, 130 hp (100 kW)
- Maximum speed: 109 mph at 1,000 ft (97 kn, 175 km/h at 300 m)
- Cruise speed: 67 mph (59 kn)
- Range: 302 miles (250 nm, 486 km)
- Service ceiling: 13,600 ft (4,145 m)
- Rate of climb: 673 ft/min (205 m/min)
The Flying Bulls’ Corsair has an active and also moving history: It was originally supplied to the US Navy – but was fortunately never deployed (the war ended). Some years later, it ended up in central America – Honduras to be precise – where it was in operation until 1965. It was then purchased by a Texan millionaire – and this is precisely who the pioneer and wise old man of the Flying Bulls, Sigi Angerer, got to know at the end of the eighties. After numerous negotiations, Angerer succeeded in buying the Corsair privately, the decisive meeting between him and Red Bull Boss Mr. Dietrich Mateschitz and the birth of The Flying Bulls was of course a bit later, but the Corsair is proudly declared as the “mascot” of The Flying Bulls.
The special feature of the Corsair is the hydraulically-foldable wings – this makes sense – this aircraft was used on aircraft carriers and is could be put away with the folded-up wings saving space. The machine is equipped with modern navigation instruments – a second seat was also retrofitted. The pilots describe the sound of the engine simply and poignantly: brutish but harmonic! There are 2 examples of this plane in Europe!
The P-38 Lightning by Lockheed might be one of the most impressive aircrafts in the world of aviation. With its unconventional twin tail, it was commonly used during the Pacific War. The twin Allison engines with 1,600 horsepower make the P-38 the perfect warbird for long distances due to its ability to fly higher and faster than other fighters built around the same time. Between 1941 and 1945 more than 10,000 aircraft were produced. Today, the P-38 is a very rare model and appears to be priceless. It comes as no surprise that no efforts and costs were spared to save and restore those treasures.