P-40C Warhawk Charles H. Older Nose Art Panel
Flown by Charles H. Older
Dimensions: 28″x 18"
The P-40 "Warhawk" would be one of the aircraft that Charles Older would eventually fly in combat as a "Big Hog."
It was a single engine, single seat, all metal fighter meant primarily for ground attack. She was officially called a fighter-bomber, meaning that she was good for air-to-air and air-to-
In addition to the normal routines of honing flying skills in two new aircraft that would closely resemble what they might get to fight in, the cadets now did serious work at the bombing and gunnery ranges. Night cross-country flights were longer,
often 300 miles. Some airfields were lit only with flare pots.
In-flight maneuvers had to be perfected and included lazy 8s, pylon 8s, and others. During instrument training, each cadet was forced to keep his eye's trained inside the cockpit so he could not see outside and forcing him to rely completely on his instruments. The training was tough, and most advanced training fields have cemeteries for those who couldn't pull their machines out. Night flying was particularly a problem. Engines would wear, tires would go flat, and wing tips often were bent.