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 Goutiere and Moon Chin, both still going strong in their late 90s.

Pete and Moon are both among China’s Wings main supporting characters, and I’m tremendously grateful to both men. I spent many hours interviewing them. Without their wholehearted cooperation — indeed, without the wholehearted cooperation of the entire CNAC Association, I wouldn’t have been able to write the book at all.

Moon Chin has one of the most amazing lives of modern times. More than a year ago, I posted about it extensively. Here’re the links to those posts. They’re best read in order. They’re also a pretty good window into what it was like to be a Chinese immigrant to the United States in the first half of the 20th Century.

All Roads Led to Moon Chin
Three Great Pilots
Moon Chin joins CNAC
How the San Francisco Earthquake Made Moon Chin a citizen, part I
How the San Francisco Earthquake Made Moon Chin a citizen, part II
How the San Francisco Earthquake Made Moon Chin a citizen, part III
Moon Chin finally gets to meet his father — at age 10
Moon Chin emigrates — and goes to jail
Moon Chin languishes in an INS jail
The economic opportunities in a place called Baltimore
Lindberg’s crossing captivates Moon Chin
Moon Chin learns to fly
Ceiling 500 feet, intermittent drizzle
Why interviewing Moon Chin is like interviewing a jazz riff
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