No. 9502. Curtiss 87A-3 Kittyhawk Mk.IA (N1048N c/n 15349)
Photographed at NASM Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, Virginia, USA, October 7, 2009, by Ted Black

Curtiss 87A-3 Kittyhawk Mk.IA

12/31/2009. This aircraft did not serve in the US military, it was built under s/n AK875 for the RAF as a Model 87-A3 Kittyhawk IA by Curtiss-Wright at Buffalo, New York. It was diverted to the RCAF with s/n 1047 on November 3, 1941 and it served in No. 111 Squadron until struck off charge on August 23, 1946. It came on the civil registry in the USA as NX1048N (later N1048N) and had several owners before ending up with the Explorer Scouts youth group in Meridian, Mississippi.

It was donated to the NASM in 1964, after several years of storage it was restored to static display by personnel of Andrews AFB, Maryland, from 1974 to 1976. It is finished in the markings of a P-40E Warhawk as flown by First Lieutenant Don S. Lopez in China, Summer 1944 (s/n 43-23266, code 194, named "Lope's hope"), while assigned to the 75th Fighter Squadron, 23th Fighter Group.

Created December 31, 2009