In a deal brokered by US-based Courtesy Aircraft Sales, a pair of Curtiss P-40N Warhawk restoration projects are available to purchase.
The aircraft are currently located near Melbourne, Australia. Major structural work has already been completed on P-40N 42-105472 ‘White 17’, which carried the name Spooky during its days with the USAAF’s 8th Fighter Squadron, 49th Fighter Group.
The second project, 42-105744 ‘Yellow 63’ Flo-II, flew with the same unit and includes many ‘new original stock’ parts as well as original items recovered to be used as patterns.
Work has been progressing on both projects – the rudder bar/pedal assemblies have been completed and painted, while parking brake systems, an electrical box, tail access panels, vent controls and engine mounts are also either completed or are currently being assembled.
P-40N Spooky is a genuine Pacific War veteran with documented history. It was the mount of Lt James J O’Neil and features three Japanese ‘kill’ flags on the fuselage – which has already been refurbished, from firewall to rudder. It includes numerous original parts, including engine mounts, side cowls and wings – the latter have some damage but are described as ‘reasonably complete’. The second P-40N also has combat history, and is thought to have shot down three Japanese aircraft in the hands of Lt Charles A Peterson.
The package comes with extensive paperwork and a huge cache of parts, including an Allison engine, plus a set of wing jigs. The asking price is $950,000 (£724,000).