Festival of Flight

A P40 CURTISS WAR HAWK shows a menacing set of teeth Nov. 6 in the Festival of Flight event at Long Beach Airport. First used by the Flying Tigers, the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk is an American single-engined, single-seat, all-metal fighter and ground-attack aircraft that first flew in 1938. The P-40 design was a modification of the Curtiss P-36 Hawk which enabled a rapid entry into production and operational service. 13,738 were produced and only 20 remain airworthy. In 1947 the Royal Canadian Air Force sold them for $50 each. One was on the market this year for $1.57 million. — Photo and caption by Diana Lejins


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