Curtiss P40 Warhawk Flying Tigers Shark Face Plane Throw Pillow
P40 Warhawk Flying Tigers Shark Face Vintage WW2. The American Volunteer Group was largely the creation of Claire L. Chennault, a retired U.S. military officer who had worked in China since August 1937, first as military aviation advisor to Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek in the early months of the Sino-Japanese War, then as director of a Chinese Air Force flight school centered in Kunming. AVG fighter aircraft were painted with a large shark face on the front of the aircraft. This was done after pilots saw a photograph of a P-40 of No. 112 Squadron RAF in North Africa, which had adopted the shark face from German pilots of the Luftwaffe's ZG 76 heavy fighter wing, flying Messerschmitt Bf 110 fighters in Crete.