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

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

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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