P-40C Charles Older Nose Art Panel

P-40C Warhawk Charles H. Older Nose Art

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P-40C  Warhawk Charles H. Older Nose Art Panel

Flown by Charles H. Older

Dimensions: 28″x  18"

Charles Older and  R.T. Smith served together in the "United States Army Air Forces". He had the honor of becoming the group's operations officer and deputy commander.
He was the third highest scoring ace of the American Volunteer Group the "Flying Tigers".
It was the air war over Rangoon that branded the trademark on its notoriety as the famous "Flying Tigers".
The AVG served at Rangoon For a duration of 10 weeks.
Charles Older served in both World War II and the Korean conflict. Scoring a total of 18 victories he became the third highest scoring Ace with the Flying Tigers.
World War II Nose Art gave a plane identity, character, and humor expressed by its crew. These were emotionless machines designed for destruction. The nose art made the crew members feel hope. They believed that their personalized nose art would bring them luck and get them back home.

Curtiss P-40 "Warhawk

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.

Dimensions: 28″x18" in
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