Glenn Curtiss Museum seeking former Curtiss-Wright Factory Workers
who produced P-40 Fighter Planes

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A P-40 is in the middle of restoration at the Glenn Curtiss Museum in Hammondsport as staff seek to interview those involved with building the planes originally.

The Glenn Curtiss Museum is looking for former workers at the Curtiss-Wright factory in Buffalo who helped produced Curtiss P-40 aircraft.

Former Curtiss-Wright P-40 workers would be interviewed for a book relating to the museum’s ongoing restoration of a historic World War II-era Curtiss P-40. The restoration involves using parts from three P-40s – two that crashed in the Everglades and one that crashed on St. Simon Island. When completed, all mechanical and hydraulic systems of the plane will be operational and on display. 

Curtiss-Wright produced 13,000 Curtiss P-40 fighters during World War II. The P-40 aircraft was the pride of the American volunteer group of "Flying Tigers" fame that flew out of China prior to Pearl Harbor under General Claire Chenault. 

Former P-40 workers are asked to contact Scott Perkins, the museum’s marketing consultant, at 585.314.5560 or

About the Museum

Open year-round, the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum is located in the town of Hammondsport, N.Y., in the heart of New York state’s Finger Lakes region. The museum is home to a priceless collection of items related to early aviation, motorcycles and local history. It also celebrates the life and accomplishments of Glenn Curtiss, the father of naval aviation and a pioneer in motorcycle manufacturing. For more information, visit the museum’s website at or call 607.569.2160.