Tag Archives: Flying the Hump

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 DC-3 in China, a photogallery

Photos of Douglas DC-3s, C-53s, and C-47s in China and flying the Hump during World War II Continue reading

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What it took to keep ’em flying

The massively complex logistics required to keep an airline flying. Even in 1943. Continue reading

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Remember that beautifully restored DC-3? Here’s what it looked like with CNAC

Remember that beautifully restored DC-3 I posted about before Christmas? The one that had once flown for the China National Aviation Corporation as CNAC No. 100 and had recently been returned to service in Pan Am livery by the Historic Flight Foundation? Well, here’s a photo of the airplane when it served with CNAC–standing on its nose! Continue reading

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Flying the Hump

Pioneering the Hump airlift over the eastern spur of the Himalayas was the China National Aviation Corporation’s capstone accomplishment. Here are some photos and links related to flying the Hump. Continue reading

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Ceremony in China commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Hump

A ceremony was held yesterday in Kunming, China, to honor the 70th anniversary of the beginning of the Hump airlift. British, American, and Chinese dignitaries attended the event, and an article about the ceremony written by Patrick Scally appeared in … 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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One of the biggest mountains of the Hump!

Mt. Kawakarpo, astride the Hump Route, and the mountaineer in me would like to point out that this is one hell of a fine looking peak, probably unclimbed… Continue reading

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What was CNAC?

CNAC was the China National Aviation Corporation, a civil airline partnership between Pan American Airways and the Chinese Nationalist Government of Chiang Kai-shek that flew and fought in China from 1929-1949. Here’s a brief history of the airline. Continue reading

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“I have no doubt I could start it up and fly her out of here.”

CNAC veterans Fletcher “Christy” Hanks and Gifford Bull scrambled up the ladder into the plane and made a bee-line for the cockpit. I clambered up after them and stood behind the pilots’ seats. Neither of them had been in the … Continue reading

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