Curtiss P-40B Tomahawk Pearl Harbor Veteran Relic Display
This P-40B Tomahawk, serial number 41-13297 of the 18th Pursuit Group, 19th Pursuit Squadron, was present at Wheeler Field, Hawaii when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941. It escaped being fatally damaged in the attack due to its having been under repair after a previous landing accident, but by January 1st it was back in the air over Pearl. On January 24th, while on a routine flight, this aircraft failed to recover from a spin and crashed in the mountains. The wreckage remained there for over 40 years. Between 1985 and 1989, its remains were recovered, and parts formed the basis of the restored and flying aircraft in the collection of the American Heritage Museum. It remains the only aircraft present during the Pearl Harbor attack that is flying, today.
This section of aluminum skin has been carefully cut from a small section of original upper fuselage from this aircraft and retains most of its olive drab camouflage paint.
An extremely rare piece of aviation history, we have numbered this limited-edition series of 13x19-inch displays to 75 - but as the whole original panel is quite small, there will likely be only 30 to 40 displays made before this amazing material is gone.