Category Archives: aviation history

Pearl Harbor Day in Hong Kong: “Those planes are Japanese!”

Pearl Harbor Day in Hong Kong–which, on the other side of the International Date Line, was December 8, 1941. Description of the Japanese attack on the China National Aviation Corporation (CNAC) at Kai Tak Airport. Continue reading

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Chinese Airports, then and now, on Business Insider

Here’s an interesting “then and now” story about Chinese airports by Alex Davies published this morning on Business Insider. I helped Alex locate the “then” photos that illustrate the story and connect him with the photos original owners. All the … Continue reading

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What are those huge concrete arrows pointing the way across America?

Do those things really exist? What are they doing out there, and what purpose do they serve? Turns out that they do, and they were once crucial to the U.S. Airmail Service. Continue reading

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Shattered Sword, the best battle narrative I’ve ever read

My review of Shattered Sword: The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway, by Jonathan Parshall and Anthony Tully, the best battle narrative I’ve ever read.

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Fleeing Shanghai, August 1937: Tensions in the partnership threaten to tear the airline apart

Fleeing the Battle of Shanghai, August 1937: the China National Aviation Corporation (CNAC) was in bad shape–tensions in the Sino-American partnership threaten to tear the company apart. Continue reading

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Fleeing Shanghai, August 1937: what happened to Donald Wong after he was hit by “friendly” machineguns

Continuation of the stories of the China National Aviation Corporation (CNAC) fleeing Shanghai at the outbreak of the Battle of Shanghai, August 1937. This one recounts Donald Wong’s experiences after he was shot up by “firiendly” anti-aircraft fire in Nanking. Continue reading

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Fleeing Shanghai, August 1937: the demise of a Tin Goose

Continuation of the stories of the China National Aviation Corporation (CNAC) fleeing Shanghai at the outbreak of the Battle of Shanghai, August 1937. This one tells the tale of Joy Thom and a Tin Goose Ford Trimotor Continue reading

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GEO Magazine covers the Hump — CNAC, ATC, Moon Chin, Joe Rosbert, and No. 58’s crash

The June issue of GEO magazine has my article about the Hump Airlift on its cover — a great platform from which to stump for China’s Wings and laud the pioneering efforts of William Langhorne Bond and the China National Aviation Corporation. Continue reading

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Eurasia Ju-52 at Chungking’s Sanhupa Airport

Superb photo that shows one of Eurasia’s Ju-52s. The man who brought it to my attention asked if I thought it was taken at Chungking’s Sanhupa Airport, a cobblestone airport built on a Yangtze sandbar below the city. Comparing the hills in the background of this photo with one I know was taken at Sanhupa, I think it’s a definite confirmation. What do you think? Continue reading

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DC-2 Photo Gallery

a gallery of photos honoring the Douglas DC-2 in China, where it served with the China National Aviation Corporation (CNAC) from 1935-1942. Continue reading

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