This Warhawk poster along with the previous Mustang, Corsair, Thunderbolt, and Lightning posters are FOR AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE! Each poster in this series will be offered in various sizes up to 24x36. To get this P-40 Warhawk image as a print or poster, click here: http://www.dietzdolls.com/catalog/index.php?cPath=8
Here’s the next aircraft in the new Aviation Poster series, done up like World War 2 propaganda posters calling for the production of more aircraft for the war effort! Following the same theme throughout all the posters, all the major American US Military aircraft in the Army Air Force, Navy, and Marines will be covered. These are created from many photographs, artwork, and lots of research combined into a single poster!
Here’s the fifth poster in the series, this time featuring what could be considered the first US Aircraft to be widely used in WW2: the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk! First built in 1938, this single engined fighter also known as the ‘Tomahawk’ and ‘Kittyhawk’ is probably most known not actually for it’s service in the Army Air Force but flying for the 1st American Volunteer Group (AVG) with the Chinease Air Force in a group known as the ‘Flying Tigers.’ These American volunteers, eager to jump into the war before America’s entry in late 1941, claimed over 100 enemy aircraft destroyed. The P-40 would be used in all theaters of the war including Africa and early models were present at Pearl Harbor the time of the attack. The classic ‘Tigershark Mouth’ seen on the P-40s is said to have originated from Royal Air Force’s 112 Squadron in North Africa. The first USAAF victory against a German aircraft was actually with a P-40C Warhawk in mid 1942. While the P-40 had many strengths, by the time the WW2 was in full gear with all countries involved it was considered inferior compared to that of the Lightning, Thunderbolt, and Mustangs. However, the P-40 proved itself in breaking Japan’s air power with the bulk of the 1941-1942 Army Air Force operations performed by P-40s. This 31 nfoot long 37 foot wide fighter had six .50 Cal machine guns and could carry up to 2,000 pounds of bombs. Over 15 countries would use the P-40 during it’s service life with the Brazilian Air Force retiring their P-40s in 1958.
Aircraft: Curtiss P-40 Warhawk
Photographer: Britt Dietz
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