Posted on Dec 6 2011 at 04:52:39 AM in Regions
With a name reminiscent of a 1970s porn star, Curtiss Kittyhawk was an eye-catching but deadly weapon of the sky during the 2nd World War. A machine of destruction, these planes were adorned with fetishstic stylised shark-like designs that emphasised their deadly nature. With their fighting days long over, they can now be admired in the more sedate setting of the RAF Museum in North London.
The Kittyhawk was the final development of the monoplane Curtiss Hawk fighters and during WWII provided the RAF with valuable reinforcements in the Middle East at a time when British resources were overstretched.
Over three-thousand Kittyhawks were delivered to Commonwealth Air Forces. First introduced into service in January 1942 a conversion programme began six months later to allow them to carry bombs. The Royal Air Force continued to operate Kittyhawks in Italy until the summer of 1944 when they were finally replaced with North American Mustangs.
Opened in 1972 by the Queen and situated on the historic site of Hendon’s London Aerodrome in Colindale, The RAF Museum houses over 100 aircraft from around the world including some very early aircraft designs through to the latest modern day jets and military aircraft. With free admission plus free interactive and fun activities, including 3D Cinema, the museum offers entertaining and educational days out for all the family and the odd warmongering nutter.