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CURTISS Warhawk (N940AK)

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Fabian Dirscherl
great
Ed Schijf
Must be awesome to fly a Spitfire!!
Timothy McDonnell
Um Ed that's a P40 not a Spitfire.
serge LOTH
Legendary P40... Flying Tigers.. !part of history.. Nice picture Tim..
Benjamin Taub
Beautiful picture but I have a quick question; is that paint job authentic or is this a combination of paint schemes? Were there any USAAF P40s with sharks mouths before Pearl Harbor? Asking because 1) This plane is in US, not Chinese, markings - the AvG/Flying Tigers had Chinese markings, 2) I thought the red dots inside the US roundels were removed soon after Pearl Harbor to avoid confusion with Japanese planes. Thanks!
Timothy McDonnell
@ Benjamin Taub. I did a bot of looking around at period photographs of the P-40. I could not turn up any with both a shark nose and the red dot insignia, I did find a few with the ball star in white, as well as lend lease RAF P40s (iirc that RAF pilots were the first to use the shark mouths). That said, I would not find it hard to believe that this livery did exist at some point.
skylab72
I suspect that this livery was how they arrived in South China as the AVG was "forming".
skylab72
However, the spinner colors then were likely all OD Green. The bright colors were a later ruse to make the Japanese think there were more aircraft than there were.
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