This will be the last pinup for about two weeks as I focus on the upcoming Planes of Fame Airshow in Chino, CA.
Another entry into the 'Aviation Pinup Series' featuring each branch of the US Military... today's airbrushed style pinup photo features model Beth, the Army Air Force, and famed tigershark mouth Curtiss P-40 Warhawk! First built in 1938, this single engined fighter also known as the 'Tomahawk' and 'Kittyhawk' is probably most known not actually for it's service in the Army Air Force but flying for the 1st American Volunteer Group (AVG) with the Chinease Air Force in a group known as the 'Flying Tigers.' These American volunteers, eager to jump into the war before America's entry in late 1941, claimed over 100 enemy aircraft destroyed. The P-40 would be used in all theaters of the war including Africa and early models were present at Pearl Harbor the time of the attack. The classic 'Tigershark Mouth' seen on the P-40s is said to have originated from Royal Air Force's 112 Squadron in North Africa. The first USAAF victory against a German aircraft was actually with a P-40C Warhawk in mid 1942. While the P-40 had many strengths, by the time the WW2 was in full gear with all countries involved it was considered inferior compared to that of the Lightning, Thunderbolt, and Mustangs. However, the P-40 proved itself in breaking Japan's air power with the bulk of the 1941-1942 Army Air Force operations performed by P-40s.
This pinup is part of a new 'simple' type of aviation pinup that I'll be doing more of in the coming months using Army Air Force, Navy, and Marine aircraft ranging from fighters to transports to bombers. Each will feature a pinup with an aircraft and the matching US insignia for that aircraft as we go through each branch of the service honoring the pilots and aircraft of WW2. The background will also be themed to the aircraft's color schemes during the war.Did you know you can order many of the pinups you see posted on here? Check out the Dietz Dolls online store where you can find military pinups, classic pinups, the propaganda pinup poster series, and lots more in sizes ranging from 8x10 prints to 24x36 posters! www.dietzdolls.com/catalog
Photographer: Britt DietzOnline Pinup Print and Poster Store: www.dietzdolls.com/catalog
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