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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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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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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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Three great pilots

CNAC’s first three Chinese-American pilots: Joy Thom of Los Angeles, Moon Chin of Wing-Wa Village and Baltimore, Donald Wong of Chicago. All three were born American citizens, all three earned only one-third as much as their Caucasian counterparts – for … Continue reading

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The Chungking Airport, probably in 1938

Chungking’s Sanhupa Airport, probably in 1938, which had the feel of a frontier colony. Because it was built on a Yangtze sandbar, all the buildings on the island were temporary, so they could be moved uphill and inland on short … Continue reading

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Stinson Detroiter

The Stinson Detroiter was one of the two airplane types being operated by the China National Aviation Corporation at the opening of China’s Wings, when William Langhorne Bond went to China in 1931.

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What was, at the time, the world’s most exciting undertaking – flying

The romance of those beautiful airplanes flying against the backdrop of 1930s China set a hook in my heart. Shirley’s stories and her father’s photos cracked open the world of expatriate China, and Shanghai, in the decade before Pearl Harbor. Continue reading

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