Monthly Archives: December 2011

What #1 bestselling author James Bradley has to say about China’s Wings

Yesterday was a big day. Working back and forth with my editors at Bantam, we closed the last detail. China’s Wings is finished. Took seven and a half years to research, write, and edit – four to five YEARS longer … Continue reading

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CNAC and the Long March

it was surely no coincidence that eighty-six thousand soldiers of the Communist Red Army began crossing the Yadu River that day, taking the first steps of a year-long, 7,000-mile odyssey that Communist lore would remember as “The Long March.” Continue reading

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Gas streetlamps sputtered…

All through my research process I’ve been amazed at what a good lens  CNAC proved to be for seeing the larger story of China’s struggle to unify and modernize. Here’s another one of China’s Wings outtakes that illustrates how. I’ll … Continue reading

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Photos of CNAC during the Chinese Civil War

Here are a few more photos courtesy of Steve Michaels, son of CNAC Captain Joe Michaels… all were taken in the late 1940s, during the Chinese Civil War. December 6 update…. Steve sent an email mentioning the possibility that the … Continue reading

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the engine coughed, sputtered twice, and died

Moon Chin makes a forced landing in a Loening Air Yacht Continue reading

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