About that Shark mouth on the 151 Jet…

This famous photograph was taken by American Volunteer Group Flying Tiger pilot Robert T. “R.T.” Smith showing a flight of Tomahawk fighters (Curtiss factory model number H81-A3, equivalent of USAAF P-40B) of the AVG’s 3rd Squadron, Hell’s Angels on May 28, 1942 near the Salween River Gorge marking the China-Burma border. The aircraft and pilots in view that day include #68 flown by Arvid Olson, #46 (Bob Prescott), #49 (Tom Hayward), #24 (Oregon’s Ken Jernstedt), and #74 (Link Laughlin). Of note, the Jernstedt Gate at Portland ANG Base is named after Flying Tiger Ken Jernstedt. (Photograph by Robert T. Smith, via

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