Curtiss P-40F Warhawk – Stud, 325th FG Checkertails, USAAF, Robert Baseler, Mateur, Tunisia, September 1943
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Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 scale AA35214: Curtiss P-40F Warhawk “Stud” of 325th FG Checkertails, USAAF, Robert Baseler, Mateur, Tunisia, September 1943. Limited Edition of 1,740 Pieces.
Length 5.5 inches Wingspan 6.25 inches
Lt. Col. Robert Baseler scored his five victories in this specially modified Warhawk, before it was repainted in this striking scheme and taken off operations. The outboard guns were removed, along with other nonessential items, to lighten the airplane in the hope of making it capable of reaching high-altitude German photoreconnaissance aircraft. Although its performance was improved, Baseler never did catch one of the high-flying raiders. Baseler added one more victory while flying a P-47, to bring his total to six.
Designed to meet a USAAC requirement for a pursuit aircraft, the P-40 Warhawk was first flown on October 14th, 1938. This aircraft was tough, virtually trouble-free and saw continual improvements to arms, armor and engines. The P-40 served in numerous combat areas; often outclassed by its adversaries in speed, maneuverability and rate of climb, it earned a reputation for extreme ruggedness. Its strong construction, heavy firepower, and ability to dive enabled it to compete with enemy fighters, and it was a formidable ground-attack aircraft. P-40s were also flown by the famed Flying Tigers against the Japanese in China.