P40 Warhawk "Little Jeanne" Polo - Preservation Program




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At the end of 1943, the Curtiss company, wishing to improve the performance of the P-40, decided to remove 2 of the 6 machine guns that equipped the "WarHawk". Thus was born the P-40N, the last operational version of this mythical fighter.

The manufacturer's number 29677, ordered in 1942, was destined for the Chinese Air Force, whose colors were applied by the manufacturer in the factory. However, it was delivered to the USAAF, which destined it for the 5th Air Force operating in the Far East.

At the end of the war in 1945, it was assigned to the 49th Fighter Group of the 5th Air Force and abandoned at Tadji airfield in Papua New Guinea.

"Little Jeanne" remained there until 1974 ! deprived of its engine but still standing on its landing gear. Recovered and conditioned, it went to New Zealand to be displayed in various museums between 1977 and 1991.

In 1997 Murray Grifith undertook a 5 year restoration to bring "Little Jeanne" back to flying condition and in its historic 1944 colors flown by Lt Robert Warren before its abandonment at Tadji.

In 2007 "Little Jeanne" enters the collections of France's Flying Warbirds, its first presentation to the European public takes place in 2008 during the meeting of the Amicale Jean-Baptiste Salis for the greatest pleasure of all aviation enthusiasts present.

For the record, in 2005 Robert Warren witnessed the flight of his plane some 60 years after its departure from Papua New Guinea!

We would like to thank France's Flying Warbirds.

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