Curtiss P-40E Kittyhawk

NZ3009 / ZK-RMH


Taken at the AFC hangar, Wanaka, April 20th,1998. During the Wanaka airshow, the aircraft was marked with a representation of the Wairarapa Wildcat as worn by NZ3072 and flown by Geoff Fisken. The story behind the cat is that the aircraft was one of those on a ferry flight from NZ to New Caledonia via Norfolk island which ran out of fuel in bad conditions. Some landed on the beach, some on reefs. The aircraft that could be recovered were repaired by a USAAF service unit, who painted their black tomcat symbol on the aircraft. At that time pilots were associated with a particular aircraft, and Fisken customised the addition.

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