Flying Tiger P40 Warhawk by Walter Colvin

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3d art render of a 1st American Volunteer Group (flying Tigers ) P40 Warhawk.

Made with Bryce 3d, some post work with photoshop. Best Viewed large.

This picture is not historiclly accurate, it just an artist rendition.

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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. The group consisted of three fighter squadrons with about 20 aircraft each. It trained in Burma before the American entry into World War II with the mission of defending China against Japanese forces. Arguably, the group was a private military contractor, and for that reason the volunteers have sometimes been called mercenaries. The members of the group had lucrative contracts with salaries ranging from $250 a month for a mechanic to $750 for a squadron commander, roughly three times what they had been making in the U.S. forces.

The Tigers’ shark-faced fighters remain among the most recognizable of any individual combat aircraft of World War II, and they demonstrated innovative tactical victories when the news in the U.S. was filled with little more than stories of defeat at the hands of the Japanese forces.

The group first saw combat on 20 December 1941, 12 days after Pearl Harbor (local time). It achieved notable success during the lowest period of the war for U.S. and Allied Forces, giving hope to Americans that they would eventually succeed against the Japanese. While cross-referencing records after the war revealed their actual kill numbers were substantially less, the Tigers were paid combat bonuses for destroying nearly 300 enemy aircraft, while losing only 14 pilots on combat missions. In July 1942, the AVG was replaced by the U.S. Army 23rd Fighter Group, which was later absorbed into the U.S. 14th Air Force with General Chennault as commander. The 23rd FG went on to achieve similar combat success, while retaining the nose art and fighting name of the volunteer unit.


  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...over 4 years ago

    fabulous capture here, dawnx

  • Thank you very much my friend.

    – Walter Colvin

  • Woodie
    Woodieover 4 years ago

    Good bluring of the props and spinner Walter, excellent choice of sky/clouds.
    The flaming guns look realistic. Excellent all round. One of your best.
    Cheers Neil
    Into faves

  • Thank you very much Neil, I tried to put a few tracers in the image, but they did not look that good.

    – Walter Colvin

  • Steven  Agius
    Steven Agiusover 4 years ago

    Excellent !

  • Thank you very much my friend.

    – Walter Colvin

  • canonman99
    canonman99over 4 years ago

    Masterful work Walter

  • Thank you very much Dennis.

    – Walter Colvin

  • tinnieopener
    tinnieopenerover 4 years ago

    Fantastic work Walter:o)

  • Thank you very much, your comment is appreciated.

    – Walter Colvin

  • David  Humphrey
    David Humphreyover 4 years ago

    Awesome work Walter

  • Thank you very much my friend.

    – Walter Colvin

  • John Schneider
    John Schneiderover 4 years ago

    Wow, what an outstanding piece! – John

  • Thank you John, your comments are very much appreciated.

    – Walter Colvin

  • JacquiK
    JacquiKover 4 years ago

    Wow, Walter this is fantastic.

  • Thank you Jacqui.

    – Walter Colvin

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  • Thank very much Arrowman.

    – Walter Colvin

  • Rita  H. Ireland
    Rita H. Irelandover 4 years ago

    Way to awesome love it!

  • Thank you very much Rita.

    – Walter Colvin

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