Category Archives: aviation history

Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh with the plane they took to China

This morning, I stumbled across an interesting photo of Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh and the Sirius flying boat they used on their famous survey flight to China in 1931 here, at the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum’s website. … Continue reading

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What it took to keep ’em flying

The massively complex logistics required to keep an airline flying. Even in 1943. Continue reading

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Credit to the CNAC mechanics & maintenance team

Tribute to the twenty years of miracles worked by the mechanics and maintenance experts of the China National Aviation Corporation. Continue reading

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Remember that beautifully restored DC-3? Here’s what it looked like with CNAC

Remember that beautifully restored DC-3 I posted about before Christmas? The one that had once flown for the China National Aviation Corporation as CNAC No. 100 and had recently been returned to service in Pan Am livery by the Historic Flight Foundation? Well, here’s a photo of the airplane when it served with CNAC–standing on its nose! Continue reading

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Flying the Hump

Pioneering the Hump airlift over the eastern spur of the Himalayas was the China National Aviation Corporation’s capstone accomplishment. Here are some photos and links related to flying the Hump. Continue reading

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The Loening Air Yacht, a photo gallery of the plane in China

A photo gallery of the Loening Air Yacht in China in the 1930s, where it served with the China National Aviation Corporation Continue reading

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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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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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Moon Chin’s first air raid, part I

What happened to some of the CNAC pilots during the dark days of August, 1937, when a colossal battle between Japan and China erupted in Shanghai. Continue reading

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