This wooden model Curtiss P-40 Warhawk plane has Chinese markings and the painted shark mouth as made famous by the “Flying Tigers” in Asia during WWII. Assigned to the 1st American Volunteer Group flying under General Claire Lee Chennault, these “private contractors” fought valiantly to protect the Chinese from Japanese attack. Receiving little outside support, they kept these planes flying against huge odds. Returning pilots got together and formed the Flying Tigers cargo transport service after the war.

Exhibit added: July 25, 2013 - Last modified: April 28, 2023

Presented by The Joe Martin Foundation for Exceptional Craftsmanship