P-40 “American Dream” to lead part of the Arsenal of Democracy Flyover

The P-40 “American Dream”, which is based in Kissimmee, FL, has been selected to lead the P-40 flight during the Arsenal of Democracy Flyover in September. Flyover will happen over Washington, DC.

“Please continue to support the aircraft by donating to support the warbirds at https://ww2flyover.org/donate/ like this P-40 Warhawk “American Dream”, a very special aircraft as it has actual pedigree.

It has two confirmed kills and one probable. Lt. Joel Thorvaldsen shot down a Zero fighter and Betty bomber in this aircraft. After which he took some enemy fire and did a forced landing in a field next to a river in New Guinea. One of his buddies dropped a life raft and he floated down stream, evading enemy capture for 5 days. He was picked up by the Australians and went on to a long career in the USAF. He passed away in 2014.

The airplane sat in the jungle in to the 90’s, known only to the locals and was eventually recovered for restoration. It took over 10+ years and flew again in 2009. It’s now one of only 7 two-seat TP-40’s in the world and is used full-time by my operation for dual instruction and airshow work.

Thom Richard is the current pilot of this P-40 and has been teaching in and wrenching on airplanes for over 30 years, with over 12,700 hours of flight time of which more than half is in Warbirds and a quarter in helicopters, he’s very active on the airshow circuit performing aerobatic displays in P-40’s, P-51’s and Corsairs. World Cup winner in the Airrace 1 series and known for racing Unlimiteds, Jets and Formula 1 aircraft. He’s an avid aircraft restorer and operates a small air museum in central Florida along with his WWII vintage flight school, Warbird Adventures, Inc., primarily teaching in the P-40 Warhawk, T-6’s, and the mighty Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress.”

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