One of the most common questions we get about are products
is “can you tell me more about the warbird fans and the planes they are based
off of?” It’s a great question, as they are hands-down the most unique products
we offer, so we thought that we would take some time to give you a bit of
history behind the planes.
Introduced in 1917, the Sopwith Camel made an immediate
impact for the Royal Air Force during the First World War. Outfitted with a
powerful rotary engine and twin synchronized machine guns, the biplane and its
pilots were credited with downing a record 1,294 enemy aircraft (more then any
other plane during the conflict). The plane was noted for having light and
sensitive controls, but could be maneuvered well by an experienced pilot. As
the plane lost ground to faster, quicker planes, the Camel still proved to be
an effective ground-attack aircraft.
P-40 Warhawk “Flying Tiger”
The Curtiss P-40 was the third most-produced warbird during
World War II, behind only the P-51 Mustang and the P-47 Thunderbolt. Because it
lacked a two-speed supercharger, it was easily outclassed by German fighters
and therefore rarely used in Northwest Europe. Although, the plane proved to be
extremely effective in North Africa, the Southwest Pacific, and China, where it
was used as a bomber escort and fighter-bomber.
The 1st American Volunteer Group of the Chinese Air Force,
known as the “Flying Tigers”, established the shark-faced nose art that has
become synonymous with the P-40. The Flying Tigers provided crucial tactical
victories during a period of time when the Allied Forces were finding little
success in the Southwest Pacific.
** CLICK HERE TO VIEW OUR SELECTION OF WARBIRD CEILING FANS **
Vought F4U Corsair “Black Sheep”
The F4U Corsair was a warbird that primarily saw service in
the Central Pacific during WWII and the Korean War. Used primarily to support
the efforts of the Marine Corps on the ground, the Corsair quickly showed its
superiority over Japanese aircraft. The checkerboard detail toward the
propellers of the plane was a symbol of the “Black Sheep” Squadron, which was
led by Major Gregory “Pappy” Boyington. Boyington was one of the most
celebrated Corsair pilots, as was credited with 22 aerial victories.
P-51 Mustang “Glamorous Glen III”
The P-51 Mustang was THE warbird during WWII. Its superb
maneuverability, reliable engine and high capacity for fuel made the plane a
perfect bomber escort. Eventually, the planes performed so well that they were
pulled off bomber defense and used to attack German fighters directly. It was at
this point that the Allies began to dominate the skies during the war.
A particularly notable Mustang, named “Glamorous Glen III”,
was flown by a pilot by the name of Chuck Yeager. Yeager would go on to become
the first man to fly faster than the speed of sound.