History in Flight

Rare warbirds star in a California airshow

(Tony Reichhardt)


(Frank Mormillo/ Planes of Fame Museum)

Among the most distinctive Curtiss P-40 Warhawks that flew in World War II were those of the 325th Fighter Group, based originally in North Africa and later in Italy. From their airplane’s paint scheme, the group’s squadrons became known as the “Checkertail Clan.” The museum’s P-40, painted in the checkertail markings, is actually a P-40N that served with the Royal Canadian Air Force during the war. The museum acquired it from a company that fitted the aircraft with an apparatus to sprinkle chemicals into clouds on weather-modification flights.


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