Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawk on display with a smile after a day of aerobatics at Temora Aviation Museum.
P-40 is all-metal fighter and ground attack aircraft designed in US and used in 28 nations during the World War II. It was the main fighter aircraft used by the Royal Australian and New Zealand Air Forces. This particular one was assembled in 1st Aircraft Depot at Hobsonville, New Zealand in June 1943 and assigned to 2nd Operational Training Unit. After the war it did escape the fate of being scrapped and was eventually bought by Allan Arthur. It took 8 years to fully restore the aircraft and I was lucky enough to see its amazing display that day at Temora. Only 19 of them remain airworthy out of 13,738 built.
Tone-mapped HDR from 3 NEF (RAW) files shot handheld with my Nikon D90.
Location: Temora Aviation Museum, Temora, New South Wales, Australia
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