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Buffalo-Made WW2 Fighter Plane Finally Found

Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawk (Getty Images)

It gave me goosebumps.  What an amazing story.  A British World War Two fighter plane sat in the hot Sahara Desert for nearly 70 years before it was finally found.  And it’s nearly intact.

It’s a Curtiss Wright P-40 built to British specifications right here in Buffalo.  13,748 of those warplanes were made between 1939 and 1943 at what later became the Trico windshield wiper company and is now known as Tri-Main at the corner of Main and Rodney in Buffalo.

That plant also produced the first fighter jet and during shipping it was disguised with a fake propeller so that spies wouldn’t catch on to this country’s newest weapon.

There’s evidence the pilot of the plane survived the initial crash on June 28, 1942, but probably died in the hot desert heat.

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