The Past Empowers the Future.
The Flying Tigers were the driving inspirational force behind Dr. Dabber's Aurora Flight Edition.
In 1941, prior to the US entry into World War II, a group of US pilots volunteered to join the Chinese Air Force to form the elite Flying Tigers squadron. The shark-faced nose art of the Flying Tigers remains among the most recognizable image of any individual combat aircraft or combat unit of World War II.
The Flying Tigers were the best-of-the-best and 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 after the Pearl Harbor bombing, the Flying Tigers victories restored hope to Americans. Achieving such notable success and sending the message that America might eventually defeat the Japanese. Over the course of their seven months of combat, the Flying Tigers destroyed 296 enemy aircraft while losing only 14 pilots in combat.
Their signature fighter plane, the P-40, featured pilot armor, self-sealing fuel tanks, sturdy construction, heavy armament, and a higher diving speed than most Japanese aircraft – qualities that could be used to advantage in accordance with The Flying Tiger's combat tactics. A network of spotters would give the P-40 fighters time to take off and climb to a superior altitude where this tactic could be executed.