Kittyhawk I AK899
RCAF Serial 1051

This P-40 was built as a Kittyhawk I for the RAF. It was purchased by the British Purchasing Commission
and did not fall under any Lend-Lease agreement, and therefore did not receive a US Army serial number
but was allocated the RAF serial AK899. It was handed over to the Canadians and assigned the RCAF serial
1051. All I know of her service is that she served with 111 Sqn. I hope to find out more in the future...

After the war many 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 being purchased by Tony Dire of Everett, Washington. AK899 spent many years on the roof of a gas
station before being shuffled around among several owners.


Sadly, in 2009, this Hawk was lost along with its owner/operator, Bob Baranaskas...

Blue skies and bright stars, Bob...


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

P-40/AK899



AK899 was serving as a billboard on the roof of a 'Flying A' service station
in Everett, Washington when Fred Johnson snapped this photo in August of 1965.


From: P-40 Warhawk in World War II Color (Fred Johnson photo) - Larger Image



Thunder Over Michigan 2005


Mark Janovec snapped this groovy shot of AK899 at ToM 2005... more HERE...


Mark Janovec photo - Larger Image



Oshkosh 2005


Trey Carroll photo - Larger Image


Trey Carroll photo - Larger Image


Trey Carroll photo - Larger Image


Trey Carroll photo - Larger Image



Geneseo 2007, 2008


This photo was taken by the webmaster at Geneseo in 2007... more HERE...


Steve Donacik photo - Larger Image



This shot was also taken by yours truly in 2008. More photos from that show will be added in the future.


Steve Donacik photo - Larger Image


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