Armour Collection B11E745 USAAF Curtiss P-40L Warhawk Fighter - Captain Cecil O. Dean, "Sawtooth Apache", 317th Fighter Squadron, 325th Fighter Group, Soulek-Khemis, Tunisia, 1943 (1:48 Scale)
"Why should we have a navy at all? There are no enemies for it to fight except apparently the Army Air Force."
- General Carl Spaatz, Commander of the US 8th Army Air Force, after WWII
The P-40 was the best known Curtiss-Wright designed airplane of the Second World War. It was also one of the most controversial fighters, vilified by many as being too slow, lacking in maneuverability, having too low a climbing rate, and being largely obsolescent by contemporary standards even before it went into production. The inadequacies of the P-40 were even the subject of a Congressional investigation after the War ended.
While these criticisms were certainly valid, it is also true that the P-40 served its country well, especially in China and Burma, during the opening phase of the War in the Pacific when little else was available to the US Army Air Corps. Along with the P-39 Airacobra, the P-40 was the only American fighter available in quantity to confront the Japanese advance until more modern aircraft could be delivered to frontline squadrons.
This particular 1:48 scale replica of a P-40L Warhawk was nicknamed "Sawtooth Apache." Sold Out!
Wingspan: 9-1/4 inches
Length: 7-3/4 inches
Release Date: February 2008
Historical Account: "Checkertail Clan" - The 325th Fighter Group commenced combat operations in the Mediterranean Theater (MTO). They flew their first missions from North Africa while part of the 12th Army Air Force. In November 1943, they became part of the 306th Fighter Wing, and moved to Italy with the newly formed 15th AAF, for the remainder of the war. Three squadrons, the 317th, 318th, and 319th, formed the 325th.