A little Monday morning Planelopnik. This polished P-40C is absolutely gorgeous.
The Fighter Collection's Curtiss P-40C (Hawk Model 81A-3) 41-13357 served with the Army Air Corps from April 1941 to December 1941. Originally intended for delivery to the RAF as a Tomahawk it was delivered to the Russian Air Force as part of lend lease program where it was shot down by a Bf109. Recovered and restored it has been painted as P-40-CU (Hawk Model 81A-1) 39-160 in the 1939 markings of 10 Air Base Squadron of Chanute Field, the first USAAC unit to operate the P-40.
The badge on the side of the aircraft "Sustineo Alas" translates to "Keep Them Flying" and was applied to most of the Training aircraft at Chanute Field. Flying Legends 2014 will be her first public display in the U.K." (via YouTube)