Kittyhawk I AK827
RCAF Serial 1038

This P-40 was built as a Kittyhawk I for the RAF. As it was purchased by the British Purchasing Commission,
it did not fall under any Lend-Lease agreement and therefore did not receive a US Army serial number. It was
allocated the RAF serial AK827 but was handed over to the RCAF and eventually given the RCAF serial 1038.

After the war scores of RCAF aircraft were auctioned off, including a number of Kittyhawks. This particular
ship is one of many that went to Fred Dyson of Seattle, Washington and she spent some time at Boeing Field
before going to Bob Sturges, the first of many owners. She saw use as a cloud seeder and as an advertising
gimmick for a drive-in movie theater before being acquired by Charles Nichols, eventually becoming part of
the Yanks Air Museum (formerly Yankee Air Corps Museum) where she still resides today.


More specific information about this airframe can be found on the following page:

P-40/AK827




Martin West photo



Fr. Dougal McGuire photo



Fr. Dougal McGuire photo


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