Sunday, April 22, 2012

Found Kittyhawk

On this Polish forum* a set of photos were recently posted, apparently of a previously unknown Curtiss Kittyhawk Mk.Ia.

It was apparently found by the poster's friend who works in oil and gas exploration.  No date or location have been given, although the aircraft is certainly somewhere in North Africa.

There has been a great deal of speculation about the aircraft and images, including a fair amount of (reasonable) caution and some scepticism in case they are a hoax.

 However these two images are (in my opinion) certainly of the real thing.  Several people familiar with the P-40 family have not found anything that seems suspicious in them.

The close up images are definitely of a British Commonwealth Kittyhawk, and, crucially, not of a known survivor.  It will be interesting to see what happens next.  [UPDATE:  More info here.]

[*Images by Jakub Perka posted online by 'Awot', reproduced with acknowledgement.  Google translation here.]

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