Taxying along the downhill taxiway, this Warhawk is proudly presenting its sharkmouth to the airshow crowd. 15 years later I took another picture of this aircraft in a different colourscheme. In 1995 this Warhawk was damaged in a forced landing due to engine failure. After a 21 months restoration time it is now again an active member of the warbird scene in the States.
Operated by the 509th BW based at Pease AFB, NH. 'Milk Wagon' nose art has been applied. The aircraft design and engine thrust enabled operations above 60,000 feet exceeding speeds of Mach 2.5. The terrain following radar was unique in its ability to fly the aircraft over obstacles as low as 200 feet, at speeds of Mach 1.1.