Tue Nov 8, 2016, 11:50 AM
sargentodiaz (2,313 posts)
A-10 Nose Art
w/lots of pictures @ http://taskandpurpose.com/story-behind-10s-iconic-war-paint/
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Wed Jan 11, 2017, 11:19 PM
oflguy (3,987 posts)
2. The rest of the Flying Tigers nose art story
The rest of the story is the teeth are not tiger teeth at all (Although the original P-40 squadron led by Claire Lee Chennault, was dubbed the "Flying Tigers."
The teeth were a tactical device and represented shark teeth. Why shark teeth? Because the Japanese, who Claire Chenault's squadron were fighting, considered sharks "bad luck."(gee, I wonder why?)
Why Tigers? The squadron was named for LSU's mascot, the Tigers. The LSU mascot was named after Wheat's Tigers, which was a Confederate unit formed at LSU, a military school in Baton Rouge, La. at the time.
The school morphed into a public college after the Civil War.