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.