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Also known as the Warhawk or the Kittyhawk, the Curtiss-Wright P-40 Tomahawk was one of the most "successful, versatile fighter[s] during the first half of World War II" (Airandspace.si.edu). In this postcard the viewer sees three of the planes flying upward, as if to suggest toward battle and battle ready. Painted in dark greens and browns, the planes suggest "military colors" and this may reinforce the conception that they are flying towards battle. As with the Fortress II postcard, the planes appear to be in formation, which also serves to reinforce the military myth of power, organization, and effectiveness. The clouds in the background suggest that we are at quite a high elevation, but not all is peaceful, the pink hues against the dark gray suggest trouble may be looming.

Article Link:http://airandspace.si.edu/collections/artifact.cfm?id=A19650242000

War Planes