Pilots test fly a P-40 airplane at a Curtiss Company facility at Buffalo, NY (the Buffalo municipal airport) during World War II. Curtiss company employees giving a final cleanup and polish to a shiny P-40 airplane. parked on the ramp. Two pilots are suited up to fly: H. Lloyd Child, Curtiss’ chief test pilot (at left), and a U.S. Army Air Force major (at right), are dressed in flight suits, helmets, goggles, and wearing seat-pack parachutes. They stand beside a well-worn P-40 airplane that has a pilot/technician in its cockpit, checking controls. H. Lloyd Child (at left), points to a clipboard on his leg with information on it and discusses it with another pilot (the USAAF major). Next, a pilot is seen taxiing the shiny P-40 at fairly high speed, with the canopy open. He taxis past parked aircraft in front of a hangar, including a Curtiss SBC Helldiver; a Stinson Gullwing; and a Spartan Executive airplane. The P-40 taxis out to the runway where the pilot makes a long takeoff roll before breaking ground. Then he pulls the P-40 into a fairly steep climb, leveling off at about traffic pattern altitude, without retracting his landing gear.
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