And shame on FHC for ruining that time capsule Fw-190 by making it fly again!
Baldeagle, you're correct; opinions don't really count for much. Which is why I'm going to share mine! (boom tish!)
There's a meaning and poignancy attached to this particular P-40 which I believe wasn't there with the FHC Fw-190. The German pilot survived to be captured, so there isn't necessarily an element of human loss and suffering attached to that airframe (apart from what the German pilot may have experienced in captivity). While positive identification of the P-40 is yet to be made, there is at least evidence of struggle, with the radio and battery setup outside the aircraft, and the parachute where it was left. So, if positive ID shows that it was flown by a man who didn't survive, then that gives it a level of importance that would (for mine) make it far more important as-is.
I'm not sure how I'd feel if it turned out to have been flown by a man who was rescued. In that case, I'd still argue that there are plenty of flying P-40s around, so it has more of an educational role as is. I suppose, in all honesty, if I really look at myself, I probably also have more empathy for "one of us" than "one of them", so I'm not as concerned about the full story of the Fw-190.
I've hung around P-40s since the early eighties, so I may be a little jaded as to their status, as recreated and rebuilt machines. For me, the human story of life and death turns this particular P-40 from a wrecked piece of machinery to something which approaches a war grave. Both the Fw-190 and the P-40 are fascinating as untouched (when discovered) crashed aircraft. The P-40 almost certainly has another, more important, level of meaning.
But, opinions are opinions.
Matt Austin - playing with warbirds since the early 80s.
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