P-40 Warhawk "Tex Hill"
Owned by the Commemorative Air Force, the P-40 Warhawk will be making a special appearance in Tora Tora Tora’s emotional reenactment of Pearl Harbor. In addition to performing with Tora, the P-40 will fly its own demonstration. Best known for its ferocious-looking shark mouth, the P-40 served as both a fighter and ground-attack plane. The legendary aircraft will be an at you won’t want to miss!
DID YOU KNOW?
- The P-40 first flew in 1938 and was used by most allies throughout the war!
- The P-40 is best known for its use by the 1st American Volunteer Group (AVG) of the Chinese Air Force which was better known as the Flying Tigers!
- The P-40 flying in this year’s show is named after David Lee "Tex" Hill, a fighter pilot and combat ace raised in Texas!
- Tex Hill was credited with destroying 10.25 Japanese planes, one of the top aces of the unit. He left active duty and joined the Air National Guard, becoming the youngest brigadier general in the history of the service!
- Tex Hill was enshrined to the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 2006. The ceremony takes place in Dayton!
P-40 Warhawk FAST FACTS:
Engine: Allison V-1710-39 V-12
Wingspan: 37 feet
Length: 31 feet
Max Speed: 270 mph
Range: 650 miles
Empty Weight: 6,350 pounds