Curtiss P-40 Warhawk

The P-40 design was a modification of the previous Curtiss P-36; this reduced development time and enabled a rapid entry into production and operational service. Warhawk was the name the United States Army Air Corps adopted for all models, making it the official name in the United States for all P-40s.

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Flying Tigers was the popular name of the 1st American Volunteer Group (AVG) of the Chinese Air Force in 1941-1942.  They were mostly former United States Army (USAAF), Navy (USN), and Marine Corps (USMC) pilots and ground crew, recruited under Presidential sanction and commanded by Claire Lee Chennault.

Curtiss P-40 fighter aircraft of the Flying Tigers, with their iconic shark face.  Not seen here is the 12-point sun of the Chinese Air Force. which was located on the underside of the wing.


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P-47 Thunderbolt

Also known as the "Jug," it was the biggest, heaviest, and most expensive fighter aircraft in history to be powered by a single reciprocating engine. It was one of the main United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) fighters of World War II, and served with other Allied air forces.

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MacDill Park on the Riverwalk, 100 N. Ashley Drive



A view from MacDill Park looking west across the Hillsborough River

WFLA News Channel 8 NBC office from MacDill Park



The B-24 Liberator was an American heavy bomber, designed and largely built by the Consolidated Aircraft Company of San Diego, California.  It was produced in greater numbers than any other American combat aircraft of World War II, and still holds the record as the most-produced American military or naval aircraft. 



"Color Me Gone"
The North American Aviation P-51 Mustang was a long-range single-seat World War II fighter aircraft. Designed and built in just 117 days, the Mustang first flew in Royal Air Force (RAF) service as a fighter-bomber and reconnaissance aircraft before conversion to a bomber escort, employed in raids over Germany, helping ensure Allied air superiority from early 1944.
  As well as being economical to produce, the Mustang was a fast, well-made, and highly durable aircraft.

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Special thanks to Jamie Urso for plane identifications


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Photos of MacDill Field operations during WW2 from Drew Field's weekly newspaper, Christmas 1942