This website contains files and images about the American Volunteer Group commanded by Claire Chennault. The AVG Flying Tigers defended Burma and China with their shark-faced P-40 Tomahawks in the opening months of the Pacific War, December 1941 - July 1942.

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ANNALS OF THE FLYING TIGERS

Here's the latest from Warbird Books: 100 Hawks for China, which tells the story of how Claire Chennault and the "China Lobby" got permission to hire American pilots to join the Chinese Air Force in 1941, along with 100 Curtiss P-40 Tomahawks for them to fly. When, after all the wheeling and dealing in Washington, the aircraft finally set out on a Norwegian freighter for the port of Rangoon, a British Royal Air Force pilot's manual accompanied them. That manual is reprinted here, annotated by Flying Tiger veteran Erik Shilling. It's accompanied by a memo on starting the P-40's big Allison engine, by Tye Lett of General Motors, and a list of the China-bound Hawks and what became of each. Available only as an e-book, for the Amazon Kindle and the Barnes & Noble Nook.

I used to get excited about the prospect of a Flying Tigers movie, but as the years went by and the projects evaporated, I find myself treating each such announcement with skepticism. Anyhow, here's the latest: Moon Flower of the Flying Tigers, based on a novel by Gao De Min. (I find secondhand copies on Amazon with the hilarious title "Flying Tiger Moon Flower: American Flying Tigers in the Chinese yellow female nurses laugh.") It's a Sino-American venture led by Paula Wagner and Naomi Foner of Hollywood and Ann An of Beijing. Foner's son Jake Gyllenhaal is mentioned as a possibility for the cast, but evidently the screenplay hasn't been written yet. Foner is a screenwriter (Running on Empty), so presumably there will be an English-language version from the get-go. Blue skies! - Dan Ford


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