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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Desert Warbird

Talk about a barn (dune?) find.  Retronaut posted these incredible photos of a P-40 fighter abandoned in the Sahara Desert.  The incredible part is that the photos were apparently only taken in April 2012.  This aircraft seems to be a British RAF P-40 - either a Warhawk, Tomahawk or Kittyhawk.  I am not familiar enough with the distinguishing characteristics of each model to be certain.  Judging by the damage to the prop, lower engine cowling and underbody of the fuselage, I wonder if the pilot "pancaked" the aircraft in the desert and walked away.  There is little obvious structural damage to the cockpit and upper fuselage.

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