Monthly Archives: December 2010

Flying the Yangtze Gorges

Photo of the Yangtze Gorges looking over the tail of one of CNAC’s Loening Air Yachts, early 1930s Continue reading

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What was CNAC?

CNAC was the China National Aviation Corporation, a civil airline partnership between Pan American Airways and the Chinese Nationalist Government of Chiang Kai-shek that flew and fought in China from 1929-1949. Here’s a brief history of the airline. Continue reading

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CNAC travel brochure, circa 1935

Colorful cover of the airline’s travel brochure, middle 1930s, featuring the Douglas Dolphin Continue reading

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CNAC on the cover of Fortune Magazine

  “CNAC is the China National Aviation Corporation. It is one of those peculiar enterprises whose capital value in dollars and cents might barely equal that of a large American department store, but whose actual value in the war for … Continue reading

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The Future Revealed Itself…

The people in this story knew as much about tomorrow as we do today. Which is to say, very little. The future revealed itself to them the same way it reveals itself to us, minute by minute. They faced it … Continue reading

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First Flight Shanghai-Canton

A beautiful and colorful first flight cover commemorating the first airmail service from Shanghai to Canton, signed by CNAC pilot Robert Gast.

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See China by Plane

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