Bell P-63 Fatal Fang is flying again in the US following a thorough restoration
Bell P-63A-7-BE Kingcobra N94501 Fatal Fang made a successful return to the air on December 1, 2023, following many years of restoration work by the Chino, California-based Yanks Air Museum.
Originally delivered to the US Army Air Forces as 42-69080 in World War Two, the aircraft ended up with the Cal Aero Technical Institute at Glendale, California in 1950, initially operating with the civilian registration NX332750.
Acquired by Planes of Fame Air Museum founder Edward T Maloney in 1953, the Kingcobra was displayed in several museums before finally being acquired by Yankee Air Corps (now known as Yanks Air Museum) founder Charles Nichols on September 2, 1977.
Although restoration to flying condition began as far back as 1979, the aircraft remained primarily a static exhibit in the Yanks Air Museum with the name Fatal Fang until the restoration project began to receive more serious attention in 2021. Frank B Mormillo