Category Archives: photos of old China

Gigantic China’s Wings photo gallery

Classic aviation photos of flying in China in the 1930s and 1940s pertaining to the China National Aviation Corporation, a Chinese-American civil aviation partnership that flew and fought in China Continue reading

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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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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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Photos of some of the airline’s Chinese personnel, late 1940s

Jason Chou, son of CNAC co-pilot Bing Zhou, passed along these photos. After completing college in Kunming, Bing Zhou joined the China National Aviation Corporation in 1944, and he flew more than 130 Hump trips before the war ended. He … Continue reading

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China’s Wings on Pinterest

Click on over, follow the board, and check ’em out! 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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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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