It only took three days to put her all back together and everything works! We pulled P-40E AVG #67 out of Hangar 79 at about 4:00 PM local time yesterday to a growing crowd of starry eyed onlookers. It looks beautiful out on the grass next to "The Ford Island Tower."
All this would never had happened if it were not for the generosity of Mr. Fred Smith of FedEx. The crew of John and Cory from Fighter Rebuilders LLC; Tom Camp a former owner of this P-40E; John W. Hazlet, the last guy to fly it, and David Sutton from FedEx. What a delightful group of guys, but then again, if you love airplanes it is sort of in your blood.
As for things this P-40 is famous for it was the P-40 John Belushi used on the movie "1941" and in the movie, "Tora - Tora - Tora". Everything works, the engine only has 50+ hours since new in 1944, the landing gear works as do all of the electronics. It will remain in flyable condition from now until I'm long gone.
To say that I am having the time of my life would not be an exaggeration. The staff that I work with are some of the greatest people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing, and every one of them are characters in their own right. I fit right in!
Associate Curator - Pacific Aviation Museum
Historic Hangar 37
Ford Island , Pearl Harbor
319 Lexington Blvd.
Honolulu , HI 96818