Combat Veteran P-40E Makes Her First Flight in New Zealand!

Frank Parker aloft in Claudio Coltri's Curtiss P-40E on November 11th, marking the aircraft's first flight since her WWII crash-landing in the Soviet Union. (image via Pioneer Aero Ltd.)
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A couple of weeks ago, we reported that Pioneer Aero Ltd. had completed the restoration of Claudio Coltri’s Curtiss P-40E Warhawk (41-13570). While the selected test pilot, Frank Parker, had performed some taxi trials, Pioneer had decided to postpone the P-40’s first flight until the right moment arrived…

Well, the wait is now over! In honor of Remembrance Day, Frank Parker took the Warhawk aloft for the first time… at the 11th hour, on the 11th day of the 11th month. It is truly marvelous to see this aircraft back in the skies, and we wish to congratulate everyone at Pioneer Aero for a job well done! Now all that remains is for the P-40 to accumulate the appropriate flight test hours to achieve her formal sign off requirements, and then the fighter will be making her way, by sea, to her new home in Europe.

 

 

 

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Richard Mallory Allnutt's aviation passion ignited at the 1974 Farnborough Airshow. Raised in 1970s Britain, he was immersed in WWII aviation lore. Moving to Washington DC, he frequented the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum, meeting aviation legends.

After grad school, Richard worked for Lockheed-Martin but stayed devoted to aviation, volunteering at museums and honing his photography skills. In 2013, he became the founding editor of Warbirds News, now Vintage Aviation News. With around 800 articles written, he focuses on supporting grassroots aviation groups.

Richard values the connections made in the aviation community and is proud to help grow Vintage Aviation News.

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Richard Mallory Allnutt's aviation passion ignited at the 1974 Farnborough Airshow. Raised in 1970s Britain, he was immersed in WWII aviation lore. Moving to Washington DC, he frequented the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum, meeting aviation legends. After grad school, Richard worked for Lockheed-Martin but stayed devoted to aviation, volunteering at museums and honing his photography skills. In 2013, he became the founding editor of Warbirds News, now Vintage Aviation News. With around 800 articles written, he focuses on supporting grassroots aviation groups. Richard values the connections made in the aviation community and is proud to help grow Vintage Aviation News.

2 Comments

  1. As a Buffalonian, I’m always thrilled to see one of our beautiful P-40s in the air. Thanks to all at Pioneer Aero!

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