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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.


  • Ron Hannah
    Ron Hannahabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful work!! Love the sky behind the ’planes. WELL DONE!

  • Thanks Ron!

    – Mike Capone

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyerabout 3 years ago

    Excellent Mike. – Ted

    The Japanese were totally confused by the numbers of the Flying Tigers. The local natives made bamboo and canvas mock-ups and stood them about on the makeshift aerodromes. The Japanese would come over and bomb them and next day there would be just as many. One captured Japanese pilot was asked how many planes he thought they had and he said his inellegence service believed there were about 1,000. (From an official documentary about them.)
    Excellent gun platform this aeroplane.

  • Great information Ted! I appreciate your comment.

    – Mike Capone

  • barkeypf
    barkeypfabout 3 years ago

    Beautifully done Mike.

  • Thanks Paul! I really enjoyed this project.

    – Mike Capone

  • WildBillPho
    WildBillPhoabout 3 years ago

    Nice work Mike! Like you were flying alongside in #4!

  • Thanks Bill!

    – Mike Capone

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderabout 3 years ago
  • Thanks for the feature! Much appreciated!

    – Mike Capone

  • swaby
    swabyabout 3 years ago

    Wow nice excellent work! WOW!

  • Many thanks!

    – Mike Capone

  • Walter Colvin
    Walter Colvinabout 3 years ago

    Excellent image Mike. Great job on the post work.

  • Thanks Walter!

    – Mike Capone

  • canonman99
    canonman99about 3 years ago

    excellent Mike, great work

  • normanorly
    normanorlyabout 3 years ago

    Nice work Mike!

  • LoreLeft27
    LoreLeft27almost 3 years ago

    oooh wow wonderful work here fantastic

  • Thanks for the comment and the favorite! Very much appreciated.

    – Mike Capone

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