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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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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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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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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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CNAC luggage labels and an airline poster

Photos of a collection of CNAC luggage labels, timetables, and posters 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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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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Three Chinese beauties and a Douglas Dolphin, 1934

Three lovely Chinese women photographed in front of a Douglas Dolphin at Shanghai’s Lunghwa Airport, 1934.

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The Douglas Dolphin, Moon Chin’s favorite airplane

“The only overpowered seaplane I ever flew.” Continue reading

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CNAC travel brochure, circa 1935

Colorful cover of the airline’s travel brochure, middle 1930s, featuring the Douglas Dolphin Continue reading

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