The Collings Foundation has restored this pretty Pearl Harbor "survivor" to flying condition, making it the only airworthy B model P-40 known to exist. It didn't really survive the December 7 attack on Hawaii, because it was in a hangar being repaired from a belly landing at the time. I'm a bit mystified by its provenance. I was told that it's the same P-40B being restored long ago by Project Tomahawk in California, but the serials don't match. I'll be grateful for any more information about these planes, so I can update my page on the small-mouth P-40 survivors.
The remains of the three Flying Tiger pilots killed in training accidents at Toungoo in the late summer of 1941 have been returned to their relatives for burial. Here's the casket of Maax Hammer, who died in "peculiar" circumstances, as Chennault noted in his diary. One theory was that he got into an inverted spin and could not recover. The other pilots were John Armstrong, killed when his Tomahawk lost a wing in a collision with Gil Bright; and Peter Atkinson, killed while testing the guns on a Tomahawk, his plane breaking apart apparently because the Allison engine was revved to such a speed that it disintegrated. The three men were buried at St. Luke's graveyard in Toungoo and mysteriously dug up after the war, reburied in India, and then dug up and reburied again at the Punchbowl Cemetery in Hawaii, where they lay unknown for more than sixty years while their relatives searched for them. For the story, see Three Tigers Come Home and Looking for the graves of St. Luke's.
Brewster Buffalo buffs who are tempted to visit Finland in order to see the world's only F2A fighter now have another reason to go to the far northeast: the world's only Brewster beer! For more, see the Annals of the Brewster Buffalo.
No books this month! It's not that I haven't been reading (or writing, for that matter), only that I have nothing finished to show. But I did see three great movies, all of them through Amazon Prime. Helen Mirren is always worth watching. Here she's a tough British Army officer trying to balance the need to off a terrorist against the competing demands of humanity, not to mention a punctilious U.S. Air Force pilot and a bunch of feckless British politicians. Eye in the Sky is that film rarity, an honest portrayal of the dilemma posed by our newfound ability to assassinate by remote control, in this case a Hellfire missile carried by a Predator drone over Kenya and "piloted" by a second lieutenant in Nevada. Beautifully done. Watch it!
The other flicks were The Falklands Play, about Britain's last colonial war, and Conspiracy, about the bureaucratic beginnings of the Holocaust. For more about them, see the somewhat misnamed Warbird's Book Club. Blue skies! — Dan Ford
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