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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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Old airplanes over the Shanghai Bund

7 excellent photos of a Douglas Dolphin and a DC-2 over the Shanghai Bund in the 1930s Continue reading

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Old photograph fever sweeps China

Apparently, the Communist party frowned on China’s history as “black time,” and its scourging of past associations caused most Chinese to purge their family photographs. Official historical archives were also destroyed, along with their photos. As a consequence, there are almost no photographs of China — in China — prior to 1970. Old photograph fever is currently sweeping China as people thirst to rediscover their history. Continue reading

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How a bomb dropped in 1937 complicated my life, 2004-2012

Continued from this post about Ernie and Florence Allison at the outbreak of war in Shanghai, August 1937… A flight of Japanese warplanes roared across the city and bombed Lunghwa and Huanjao airfields.[i] Fearing the worst, Ernie Allison rushed from … 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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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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Four DC-2s on the Lunghwa flightline, 1937

Here are CNAC’s four DC-2s on the Lunghwa flightline in 1937, before the Marco Polo Bridge incident, the Japanese invasion, and the Battle of Shanghai. These were four remarkable airplanes, and they gave the airline many thousands of hours of … Continue reading

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Hand fueling a DC-2

To get us back on the aviation track, here’s a fine pic of a CNAC ground crew hand fueling a DC-2 in the late-1930s. Probably at Chengtu.

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