P-40s at Wright Field, OH



Number One

The XP-40 in its final form, seen at Wright Field in 1940 while assigned to the Air Corps Materiel Division.


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Though not taken at Wright Field, the following two photos show the XP-40 carrying the Wright
Field arrowhead marking and a '10' on its tail, which signifies the ship's U.S. Army serial number,
'38-10'. These two photos were taken at Uplands Airport in Ottawa, Canada in May of 1940 during an
evaluation of the XP-40 and a British Spitfire by the Royal Canadian Air Force and Britain's Royal
Air Force. That same month, the USAAC ordered a change to its designator system and the '11MD'
shown in the above photo was applied after the XP-40's return to Wright Field from this evaluation.


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A closer look...


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Testbed

In later years the XP-40 was used as a testbed at Wright Field, notably for experimental rough-field landing
gear configurations. I have no date for this photo, but it was clearly taken on or after January 1st, 1944.


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These two images were taken from an Army Air Forces film dated August 19th, 1943.





Early Hawk

A fine in-flight view of an early production P-40 assigned to the Air Corps Materiel Division.


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A couple'a more views of the same ship...


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Toys

Bombs. Guns. Ammo. P-40K. P-40E. Vengeance and Shrike. P-38. Gypsy Rose Lee dancing in the corner.

(Just checking to see if you're paying attention.)

All these goodies were snapped in a hangar at Wright Field during May of 1943.


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