Tue Nov 8, 2016, 11:50 AM

A-10 Nose Art

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Wed Jan 11, 2017, 11:19 PM

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.

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