If you thought you were safe in the air, think again.
- By Rebecca Maksel
- Air & Space magazine, August 2013
The Discovery Channel's "Shark Week" has been going strong for 25 years. Visitors to the website can learn "Top 100 Shark Facts," including "When the USS Indianapolis was attacked by a shark during World War II, 900 sailors were stranded in the Philippine Sea near Guam for 4 days," and "Sharks move like airplanes. They create forward movement with their tails (like propellers) and water moves over their fins like wings."
We knew there was an aviation connection!
Actually, the shark has been embraced by aviators the world over, and has been used as airplane nose art for decades. Click on our photo gallery to learn more. Here, Frank, the 15th Army Air Forces' group mascot, considers a Consolidated B-24 Liberator bearing a massive sharkmouth. Some of the first multi-engine bombers to use the sharkmouth motif belonged to the 15th Air Force in Italy.