Monthly Archives: September 2012

The Douglas Dolphin – a photo gallery

Douglas only built 58 Dolphins. Two of them served in China with the China National Aviation Corporation (CNAC). Here’s a photo gallery showing the CNAC’s Dolphins arriving in China and the first one making its maiden flight over the Shanghai Bund in October, 1934. Continue reading

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Honor to the fallen — and damn glad they’re on our side

The Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment lost three men in Afghanistan recently: Corporal Luke Tamata, 31, Lance Corporal Jacinda Baker, 26, and Private Richard Harris, 21. Here’s a video of their battalions performing a Maori Haka war dance in their … Continue reading

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The first commercial airliner ever shot down by hostile air action, pictures

CNAC DC-2 #32, the Kweilin, was machine-gunned and forced down by five Japanese pontoon biplanes on August 24, 1938, shortly after leaving Hong Kong’s Kai Tak Airport. Hugh Woods was at the controls, and only his hot stick flying kept … Continue reading

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Another gallery of DC-2 pictures

Building on my previous post about the DC-2 arriving in China in May, 1935, here are a few more photos of my favorite airplane in China’s Wings:

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The DC-2 arrives in China, spring 1935

The DC-2 came to China in the spring of 1935, and it was one of the seminal moments in the development of Chinese aviation. Here are some superb photos of its arrival. Continue reading

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Photos from the 2012 CNAC reunion

As I do every year, I had a marvelous time at the just completed CNAC reunion. (If you don’t know about CNAC, the legendary China National Aviation Corporation, here’s an explanation. It’s one of the best aviation stories of all … Continue reading

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CNAC’s two senior pilots, plus links to Moon Chin stories

The 2012 CNAC reunion is currently running strong. Last night was the annual party at Moon Chin’s house, which was wonderful, as always. Pete and Moon are both among China’s Wings main supporting characters, and I’m tremendously grateful to both … Continue reading

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Video of a WWII bomb detonation in Munich — last week

Ever wonder how much damage a 550-pound bomb did during the Second World War? Well, last week, workers discovered one on the site of an old bar in Munich. It had a chemical fuse that couldn’t be defused, so bomb … Continue reading

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Now I know

Solving one of the mysteries left in China’s Wings… Continue reading

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Old airplanes over the Shanghai Bund

7 excellent photos of a Douglas Dolphin and a DC-2 over the Shanghai Bund in the 1930s Continue reading

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