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P-38 & P-40

Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on March 22, 2004

    Two of the most distinctive fighters produced in the United States during World War II, the Lockheed P-38 was a superb long-range fighter with a highly dinstinctive twin-boom design. The Stupid Cupid (Tashlin, 1944) uses a drawing of one when a love-struck bluebird, hit by a Cupid-fired arrow, pursues his lady love with the speed of a P-38, briefly transforming into one. The little Daffy Duck-like bird in A Corny Concerto (Clampett, 1943), upon spotting a goofy vulture/condor making off with some cygnets, gets angry and takes off after the predator, mimicking the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk, the famous fighter of the Flying Tigers. Note the distinctive use of the shark-tooth painting on the picture.

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