Curtiss P-40C Warhawk/Tomahawk IIb

@ Chino Airport, Chino, CA

May 2013

This rare polished P-40C was recovered in Russia and restored to flying condition by Matt Nightingale’s California Aerofab.  It was sent as Lend-Lease to Britain, where it was apparently used for training before being sent along to Russia, which evidently used it in combat.  This P-40C was one of a pair that lay in the snow for 50 years. When helicopters tried to lift them out, they exploded a bomb beneath one of the planes, destroying it, the helicopter, and the helo crew.   It wears the colors of the 10th Air Base Squadron, a training unit at Chanute Army Airfield.  Nikon D300 w/18-200 mm, processed with Photomatix Pro and Aperture.


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