Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Curtiss Test Pilots

Curtiss-Wright P-40B/C Warhawk/Tomahawk/Kittyhawk Production in Buffalo, Kenmore Avenue Plant, winter 1941 Curtiss test pilots, from left to right: Robert Fausel, William Webster, H. Lloyd Child (writing on a clipboard), Herb Fisher (on wing), Ed Elliott, and Barton T. 'Red' Hulse. At the time this photo was taken, Child was the chief test pilot. Herb Fisher's work for Curtiss during World War II was so remarkable that he was the only civilian pilot to be awarded the USAAF’s Air Medal. Behind the group is one of the first Curtiss P-40B fighters to be delivered to the Air Corps.