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Curtiss P-40E Warhawk (replica)

By Htam

2020_HTAM6575_XE2s_AuroraHDR2019.jpg @ Baton Rouge, LA

March 2020

While in Baton Rouge, we visited the USS KIDD Veterans Museum and discovered this P-40 suspended in a rear area. From what I’ve been able to gather, this replica aircraft has a bit of movie history to its credit.  This is apparently a surviving movie prop used in the filming of “Tora, Tora, Tora” (1970).  Some of the P-40’s that they used were mock-ups with actual P-40 noses bolted onto plywood bodies and sporting P-38 propellers, while others were tube fuselages with actual Allison engines, noses and P-38 propellers and Twin Beech outer wing panels and T-6 landing gear.  Its hard to determine which type of replica this example is.  One of those movie replica P-40s was then acquired by Universal in 1978 for the movie “1941” and used for cockpit close-ups with John Belushi and a crash scene in a downtown LA street.  That replica later ended up in the Cradle of Aviation Museum and may actually be this same faux Warhawk in its new home.  Fuji X-E2s w/18-135mm.

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