Category Archives: China & Chinese history

One of the great moments of my life

This afternoon, I completed the first part of the two-fold mission I set for myself when I embarked on this China’s Wings project. Continue reading

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The Maiden flight of CNAC’s Douglas Dolphin over Shanghai, 1934

Down at the bottom you’ll find CNAC’s first Douglas Dolphin on its maiden flight in 1934, but it’s old Shanghai that makes this picture so enjoyable. How many buildings can you identify?

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The lone flush toilet in Chungking

The toilet had no door, it faced the stairway, and Harold Bixby considered it “about as private as the information booth at Grand Central Station.” Continue reading

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Moon Chin’s favorite airplane-the Douglas Dolphin

The Dolphins’ wings were skinned with plywood, and the nails tended to loosen with the impact of each water landing. One of Moon Chin’s copilot duties was to nonchalantly walk along the wing top after each landing and use his boot heel to discretely shove the nails back into place. Continue reading

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CNAC and the Long March

it was surely no coincidence that eighty-six thousand soldiers of the Communist Red Army began crossing the Yadu River that day, taking the first steps of a year-long, 7,000-mile odyssey that Communist lore would remember as “The Long March.” Continue reading

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Gas streetlamps sputtered…

All through my research process I’ve been amazed at what a good lens  CNAC proved to be for seeing the larger story of China’s struggle to unify and modernize. Here’s another one of China’s Wings outtakes that illustrates how. I’ll … Continue reading

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Three pics: maintenance and cargo loading

3 CNAC photos taken during the late 1940s Continue reading

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An envelope that flew with CNAC

The scan of a cover that flew with CNAC and attached history blurb Continue reading

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Translations of those crib sheets

Well, after an absolutely epic work push, I finished reading the page proofs of China’s Wings and returned them to New York. Another big “tick” made. I’m very happy with how everything is shaping up. Picking up the thread of … Continue reading

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More on those “paper son” crib sheets

This came in from Donald Chan last night as we delve further into the content of those crib sheets: Greg, I talked to my dad, and have discovered that I wasn’t exactly correct about those crib sheets. All of the … Continue reading

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