2016 marks the 75th anniversary of the 1st American Volunteer Group, and there will of course be a reunion of the much-depleted ranks of the original Flying Tigers. (The propaganda ambitions of China and the laziness of American journalists have managed to fudge the legacy of the AVG. Not only are uniformed members of the CATF and 14th Air Force now generally identified as Flying Tigers, but so are the Chinese airmen who fought alongside them and before them, starting as early as 1931.)
The reunion dates are September 21-25 in Atlanta. As the AVG ranks diminish, the background scenery grows larger: Dekalb-Peachtree Airport (KPDK) promises to transform itself into a vintage WW2 airfield with "the largest gathering of P-40 Warhawks in recent history." The Dixie Squadron of the Commemoration Air Force (known as the Confederate Air Force before it became politically correct) will host the planes and as many Tigers and hangers-on as are able to honor the day.
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