Category Archives: Moon Chin

Photos from the 2012 CNAC reunion

As I do every year, I had a marvelous time at the just completed CNAC reunion. (If you don’t know about CNAC, the legendary China National Aviation Corporation, here’s an explanation. It’s one of the best aviation stories of all … Continue reading

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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 and Moon are both among China’s Wings main supporting characters, and I’m tremendously grateful to both … Continue reading

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Shanghai glamour in the Astor House

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Moon Chin’s first air raid, part II

Nanking, August 15, 1937: The bomber peeled from formation and banked toward them. It leveled out and bore in at two-hundred feet, targeting the Generalissimo’s hanger. Moon could see straight into the airplane’s plexiglas nose, where the bombardier… Continue reading

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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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Evacuating Shanghai, August 1937

Fleeing Shanghai, August 1937: first in a series of posts about how the China National Aviation Corporation (CNAC) and its people escaped the outbreak of the Battle of Shanghai Continue reading

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The Last Consolidated Commodore

Building on the CNAC and the Consolidated Commodore post I made yesterday, a few weeks ago, Jerry Butsko, a volunteer archivist at the San Diego Air and Space Museum who’d read China’s Wings, called me and brought to my attention … Continue reading

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CNAC and the Consolidated Commodore

CNAC desperately needed airplanes in late 1937, and Bond tipped Colonel Lam to the existence of two Pan Am Commodores languishing in Manila. Beginning in early 1938, CNAC used the Commodores to good effect plying the Yangtze above Hankow. Continue reading

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Photos from Bookshop West Portal event

                         

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Today, the 81st Anniversary of Bond’s arrival in China

Today, Saint Patrick’s Day, is the 81st anniversary of William Langhorne Bond’s arrival in China, in 1931. It has been a thrilling week for China’s Wings. I did two incredibly successful events at two top-shelf bookstores: Bookshop West Portal in … Continue reading

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