Restored fighter plane salutes Flying Tigers

By By JANET McCONNAUGHEY

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans will get a flavor of one of the most heralded episodes of World War II when a Curtiss P-40 Warhawk fighter plane, restored in the shark-nosed markings of the famed Flying Tigers, arrives at the National World War II Museum.

The P-40E is the model flown by the 1st American Volunteer Group formed in China shortly before the United States entered the war. It was immortalized in military lore and in a John Wayne film.

The planes are rare because thousands of P-40s were produced, but most were scrapped.

This one didn't fly with the Tigers. It was junked in Alaska and restored by a California company. It's being shipped to New Orleans and will be installed in a building that will open in the spring.

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