The Nose Art of the Flying Tigers P-40s

Shark-mouth nose-art has been around since World War One, but the Flying Tigers’ P-40s arguably introduced it to popular culture. Shawn Jakway recounts the origins of the Tigers and the history of this particular Warhawk

Warbird Adventures’ chief mechanic Bryan Costa scrutinises the Warhawk's Allison engine during a run-up

Developed from the Curtis P-36 Hawk, the P-40 made its first flight on October 14, 1938, at the Curtis Wright factory in Buffalo, New York, where more than 13,000P-40s were eventually produced. These included 26 TP-40 trainers fitted with controls in both front and rear cockpits.

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