Manufacturer: Curtiss Aviation
Model: Curtiss Aviation
Tail Number: N295RL
The Tomahawk was an early bird for the Second World War and stayed until the show was over. The first documented victory over a German aircraft unit was recorded by a P-40 pilot. Although the Tomahawk is most well known with its famous “Flying Tigers” war paint – a grinning row of teeth along the air intake – the paint scheme of the Lewis Air Legends P-40 is a more traditional solid green, to commemorate 2nd Lieutenant George Welch. One of the first American heroes of WWII, he claimed four kills on Japanese aircraft during the attack on Pearl Harbor. While it could go toe-to-toe with the Germans at low levels, the P-40 struggled against the superior Messerschmitt Bf 109 and Focke-Wulf Fw 190 at high altitudes. But the dogged fighter was crucial to the defense of American forces and was used by the air forces of 28 nations, including most Allied powers. The Lewis Tomahawk was restored by Avspecs in New Zealand.
Wing Span: 37' 4"
Length: 33' 4"
Height: 12' 4"
Max Speed: 378 mph
Gross Weight: 11,400 lbs
Power Plant: Allison V-1710-81 inline piston engine
Guns: 6 x .50 cal wing-mounted machine guns
Bombs: 1,500 lbs on three wing hardpoints