The Consolidated Commodore

Consolidated Commodore Seaplane, the type Moon Chin flew during the evacuation of Hankow in October, 1938 (

The Commodore’s max speed was 139 miles per hour; it cruised at a leisurely 108.

2011 05 17 cover mock up v2It’s the plane Moon Chin was piloting when he flew the last evacuation flight out of Hankow in 1938, right before it fell to the Japanese, which is one of my favorite scenes in China’s Wings.

Moon Fun Chin is almost certainly the last surviving pilot who flew the Consolidated Commodore. I’ve written about him extensively in my Moon Chin category. They’re best enjoyed by starting at “Back then, I was younger than you are now” and working forward in time.

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