Built by Bell in Buffalo, NY. Constructors Number 554. Delivered to the U.S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.
Assigned to the 8th Fighter Group, 36th Fighter Squadron..
After running low on fuel on transit from Townsville to Port Moresby the aircraft was landed wheels up inland on the Cape York Peninsula were the aircraft remained until it’s salvage by the Cairns Aircraft Recovery Team in 1971. Stored for a period at Mt Isa it moved to Precision Aerospace in Wangaratta in 2000.
It is currently being assessed prior to the final phase of restoration to flying condition.
Post by FlyingKiwi on Apr 29, 2015 20:07:45 GMT 12
Super, super excited to see a P-39 in NZ! My top three WWII fighters which I'd love to see flying in person are in order the Defiant, the Brewster Buffalo and the P-39. Given that the first two aren't likely to happen anytime soon (although these days who knows what's possible!) I'll settle happily for the Airacobra.
The plot thickens: the updated Pioneer page now says this aircraft is P-39Q "Ex Soviet Airforce, recovered circa 1995 being restored to fly as USAAC 220341". Going through Goodall (http://www.goodall.com.au/warbirds-directory-v6/bell.pdf) this was reported at Wangaratta in 2008 and is "hulks & parts of 2 aircraft".
Further up the page I found this intriguing little snippet: "P-39D Nick Taylor, New Zealand: static rest. project (based on wreck fuselage, tail, nose section & parts) 03/04"
Post by FlyingKiwi on Mar 11, 2018 12:43:10 GMT 12
The P-39 and the Ki-61 Tony are the two projects I'm most excited about at the moment, great to see the P-39 is progressing so well, hopefully there will be the opportunity for it to be displayed a bit here before it goes offshore.
Great picture Dave, sorry to take this slightly off topic but I have to ask about the beautiful building, hangar that Pioneer reside in, love the structure of the roof, obviously quite old with some history? Back on topic the P40 where was she recovered from and how far from flight is she?
It doesn't feel like three years ago this arrived! I really enjoyed seeing the photos here and on Facebook and it's given me excitement like I've not felt for a while. Bravo Pioneer and keep up the great work!