Aleutian Tiger

This variation on the Flying Tiger theme is from the 11th Fighter Squadron which flew out of Alaska and protected the Aleutian Islands

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Had to go do some research to find the answer to this riddle.  All of the P40 aircraft on display at the Atlanta Warbird Weekend were painted with the Flying Tiger “shark face” except for this one.  This P40k Warhawk is painted with the insignia of the 11th fighter squadron, 343rd Fighter Group that was based during WWII at Elmendorf Field, Anchorage, Alaska.

This group was known as the Aleutian Tigers because their assignment was to defend the Aleutian Islands.  The group was commanded by Lt. Col. Jack Chenault, the son of General Claire Chenault who commanded the Flying Tigers.  No wonder there were similarities!

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Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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Bombs Away

The focus of the Warbirds Weekend was on the fighters but there were also bigger aircraft on display

The focus of the Atlanta Warbirds Weekend was on the Flying Tigers anniversary but there was much more to see.  A group of larger aircraft was at the opposite end of the field from where the P-40 fighters were located.

There were two massive cargo planes, The Placid Lassie and the Tinker Belle and a bombing trainer, the Tantalizing Takeoff.

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Crowds gathered around the big planes for a closer look

 

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1941 Beech AT-11 “Tantalizing Takeoff”

The trainer, a Beech AT-11 was very interesting.  You could easily walk up and view the cockpit and the bombardier’s seat.  The trainer is set up as a miniature version of the B-17 Flying Fortress.  I’m sure it was much less expensive to train in one of these than to take one of those giants out!

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Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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Curtiss P-40 “Flying Tiger”

Yesterday, I went out to DeKalb-Peachtree Airport to see the Atlanta Warbirds Weekend which featured a gathering for the 75th Anniversary of the Flying Tigers.  This was a very interesting and informative event which included several of the P-40 Flying Tiger aircraft, surviving members of the AVG and many other displays of World War II memorabilia.

The day included educational sessions and rememberances from veterans of WWII.  I guess I knew some of the history of the Flying Tigers but really only remembered the famous nose art which may be the case for most people.  Flying Tigers is actually the nickname of the 1st American Volunteer Group (AVG) which was a group of 3 squadrons of Army, Navy, and Marine pilots and flight support staff that operated as part of the Chineese Army in 1941-1942 prior to the US entry into the War.  These pilots are legendary for their success in fighting the Japanese and the Flying Tigers were quickly put forward as heros with a John Wayne movie being made to promote support of the war effort.

I will share more images from this event but wanted to get one out there for today.

DeKalb–Peachtree Airport (PDK)
2000 Airport Road
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
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