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. It
was allocated the RAF serial AL152 but was handed over to the Canadians and given the RCAF serial 1082.
I have no information about its operational service at this time.
This Kittyhawk is one of many that went to Fred Dyson of Seattle, Washington in 1947. Over the years it's
been bounced around quite a bit, from Washington to New York, Colorado, Connecticut, Oklahoma, North
Carolina, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Illinois, California, Nebraska, back to California, Louisiana, Texas and
finally... New Mexico. This has to be one of the most well-travelled P-40s in the USA, if not the world!
She was owned for a time by famous Hollywood pilot Frank Tallman and was part of Tallmantz Aviation's
Movieland of the Air museum. She starred in the movie 'Tora! Tora! Tora!' alongside AK979 and went through
at least two rebuilds during the 70s, eventually flying in the markings of 'Hold'n My Own', flown by Dallas
Clinger of the 16th FS, 23rd FG in the CBI. Today she still wears these markings and is part of the
War Eagles Air Museum in Santa Teresa, New Mexico.
Although she is said to be kept in airworthy condition, she no longer flies...
More specific information about this airframe can be found on the
Here's AL152 while she was part of the 'Movieland of the Air' collection. Note that the hood
from a P-40N has been fitted. I'll have more images and info concerning this in the future.
Jack Cook photo
Seen here in 1974, AL152 still wears her 'costume' from 'Tora! Tora! Tora!'.
Seen next to AL152 is AK979, the other P-40 used in the film.
John P. Stewart photo
Here is AL152 as she appears in the
War Eagles Air Museum.
If you are the photographer who took these photos or if you know the photog,
and proper credit will be given.
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