The current display aircraft, NZ3039 (P-40E c/n20218, ex 41-36385, EV131) is a composite rebuild, now on static display at Motat after restoration at Pacific Aircraft Ltd. While acknowledged to be a composite, reports of how much of the airframe originated with NZ3039 vary.
Details of the original Kittyhawk aircraft displayed at MOTAT can be found under Ex Collection Aircraft.
Further information can be found on the MOTAT website at:
- aircraft on display in the main hanger 2007 (Richard Wesley)
I think this aircraft was aquired from the Hamilton Airport bone yard that operated mid 50's - mid 60's... Many Pacific WW2 aircraft were scrapped and melted down at the Rukuhia location.
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