“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Vandenberg AFB in Santa Barbara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

The Curtis P-40

The Curtis P-40 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, October 20, 2010
1. The Curtis P-40 Marker
Inscription. This aircraft is dedicated to all Past, Present, and Future "Flying Tigers" those who blazed a path of glory in the China Skies in World War II, and those who blaze a path of glory into space.

The Curtis P-40 saw action on every front throughout WWII but gained lasting fame through the exploits of Claire Lee Chennault's American Volunteer Group (AVG) - The "Flying Tigers."

As inheritors of the flying legacy, Fourteenth Air Force fighter crews adopted the famous Tiger Shark mouth motif seen here. This is a replica of the P-40E flown by Bruce K. Holloway (1912-1999), who commanded the 23d Fighter Group of the 14th Air Force in World War II. Holloway finished the war with thirteen confirmed kills, tying him as the leading P-40 fighter ace in 15th Air Force. In addition to the P-40, 14th Air Force crews in the China-Burma-India (CBI) theater flew a variety of aircraft with distinction, including the B-25 Mitchell, the B-24 Liberator, the P-38 Lightning, the P-51 Mustang, and the P-47 Thunderbolt.
Location. 34° 44.28′ N, 120° 32.195′ W. Marker is in Vandenberg AFB, California, in Santa Barbara County. Marker is on Nebraska Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lompoc CA 93437, United States of America.
Other nearby markers.
The Curtis P-40 and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, October 20, 2010
2. The Curtis P-40 and Marker
At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 40th Infantry Division Korean War Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Camp Cooke Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); USAF Medal of Honor Recipients (approx. 0.4 miles away); American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Historic Aerospace Site (approx. half a mile away); Space Launch Complex 10 (approx. 5.2 miles away); Ronald W. Reagan Missile Defense Site (approx. 5.9 miles away); La Purisima Mission ← 3 Miles (approx. 6 miles away); First Successful Cement Job (approx. 7.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vandenberg AFB.
Categories. Air & SpaceWar, World II
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 15, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page has been viewed 654 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 15, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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