From 1937 through early 1942 General Claire Lee Chennault (who was raised in Louisiana and attended LSU) was an adviser to the Chinese government. He formed an air force, obtained US airplanes, and trained their pilots with his theories of air combat. Lacking adequate numbers of pilots he rounded up men from the United States for the American Volunteer Group which later became known as the Flying Tigers. They became a potent fighting force against the Japanese during that period.
These are Curtiss P40 N planes that Chenault used extensively throughout China and Burma. It is powered by an Allison 12 cylinder engine generating 1200 HP. Top speed – 366 mph. Cruising speed – 308 mph. Armament was 6 – 50 caliber Browning machine guns and capability to carry a 500 pound bomb.
Image of planes taken at a local museum and downloaded into Aperture 3. They where tone mapped in Photomatix, and then processed in Topaz Remask 3. Finally, various layer mask were created in Adobe Elements 8 and then the image was composited with a image of a yellow and blue sky from my personal library.
Nikon D700 w/Nikkor 28-300mm lens @ 36mm
ISO 250, f/11, 1/13 sec.