This early Hawk was saved from a scrapyard in France in the 1950s and acquired by The Fighter Collection in 1990. It is seen here in a French Air Force camo scheme, with GC 11/5 markings on the left side and the The Fighter Collection logo (the Sioux Indian head motif of the U.S. Lafayette Escadrille) and code "8" on the right side. It has "X8" under the right wing and "81" under the left wing, together forming "X881".
This P-36 is the very first from a total of 243 delivered to the Army Air Corps. It is now on display at the National Museum of the USAF and painted to represent the P-36A flown by Lt. Philip Rasmussen during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th Dec. 1941. Under fire, Rasmussen managed to take-off, engage 11 Japanese fighters and shoot one down. For his actions, Lt. Rasmussen was awarded the Silver Star.
This early Hawk was saved from a scrapyard in France in the 1950s and acquired by The Fighter Collection in 1990. It wears an authentic Armée de l'Air standard three-tone scheme with GC 11/5 markings on the port side and Lafeyette Escadrille Sioux Indian head motif (the TFC logo) and code "8" on the starboard side. It has "81" under the port wing and "X8" under the starboard wing.
Ex USAAF 38-210, restored to flying condition at Chino, CA from 2011 and 2015. First post-restoration flight was in April 2015, as N80FR. Became G-CIXJ in February 2016. Registration N80FR was used on several other Curtiss restorations.