The P-40 Warhawk is one of the CAF's most popular aircraft. This aircraft was one of the first single engine fighters used in World War II. The Flying Tigers famously flew Warhawks painted with shark’s teeth in the China-Burma-India Theater in the early days of the war. In March, 2019 the CAF Curtiss P-40N Warhawk experienced a mechanical failure of the left main landing gear linkage, causing the left main landing gear to collapse upon landing. The gear collapse caused extensive damage to the aircraft left wing, wingtip, flap, and aileron, and caused a prop strike at idle power.
The operation and display of the CAF Curtiss P-40N Warhawk serves to honor and remember those aviators who flew the P-40 in combat throughout history. Specifically, this CAF P-40 honors the members of the American Volunteer Group (“AVG”), known worldwide as the “Flying Tigers.” The CAF P-40 Sponsor Group promotes the CAF mission by displaying the aircraft at dozens of airshows and events nationwide. The CAF P-40 also participates in the CAF’s TORA! TORA! TORA! airshow routine in remembrance of the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941.