Monthly Archives: September 2011

Three pics: maintenance and cargo loading

3 CNAC photos taken during the late 1940s Continue reading

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Ernie Allison and O.C. Wilke

William Bond didn’t have any airline experience AT ALL when he arrived in China in 1931. None. Up to that point, he’d been a construction foreman. As such, he was very dependent on the professional aviators already engaged by the … Continue reading

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Anyone ever received one of these from an airline…. any airline?

Here are pictures of the front and back of a fan that CNAC gave to its passengers during the airline’s post war period, 1945-1949. Tom Moore of cnac.org bought it on ebay. CNAC fan, front, showing one of the airline’s … Continue reading

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Evacuating wounded soldiers

Late 1940s, loading wounded Chinese soldiers aboard a CNAC C-46 during the Chinese Civil War Continue reading

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Bond’s background

William Bond’s backstory Continue reading

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A Major Mistake

I decided tried to tell William Bond’s and Moon Chin’s stories together, imagining a parallel biography with Bond’s point of view carrying the larger “strategic” story of the airline and Moon’s painting a picture of what it was like to fly in China in the 1930s and 40s. It proved a major mistake. Continue reading

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William Langhorne Bond

Introducing William Langhorne Bond, main character in China’s Wings. Continue reading

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Four DC-2s on the Lunghwa flightline, 1937

Here are CNAC’s four DC-2s on the Lunghwa flightline in 1937, before the Marco Polo Bridge incident, the Japanese invasion, and the Battle of Shanghai. These were four remarkable airplanes, and they gave the airline many thousands of hours of … Continue reading

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Bound galleys China’s Wings

Very excited!

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Me and Moon Chin

Photo of me with Moon Chin, one of the main supporting characters in China’s Wings. Moon started flying in China during the winter of 1933 Continue reading

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