TWO CNAC Bullion-Metal Silver Wings: AVG, Flying Tigers

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  • Item Category: Sports
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Jul 16, 2008
  • Channel: Auction House

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In the eyes of American historians and militaria collectors, CNAC (the Chinese National Aviation Corporation) will always be associated with the AVG and Flying Tigers of all sorts since many of those AVG pilots went to CNAC on the disbanding of the AVG in 1942.

This is a FANTASTIC MATCHED PAIR of metal-backed, theater-made, 100% correct CNAC bullion pilot wings. You will NEVER see another pair like this come to market -- it is UNIQUE. It could easily have belonged to an American Volunteer Group pilot but the fact is lost to history now.

These are a must-have for AVG, Flying Tiger, and CBI collectors of advanced status.

You are unlikely to ever see a more beautiful matched pair of wings - EVER!

is some history of CNAC for those who are interested:

Before America's entry into the Pacific war, CNAC pioneered the famous route over the Hump between China and India. When the Burma Road was cut off by the Japanese Army during WWII, this route became the only source of outside supply for China. CNAC's operation of an airlift over the Hump became the most glorious chapter in a notable history.

It was the world's first major airlift, and it was a pilot's nightmare.

The 500-mile route traversed some of the most treacherous country in the world. Flying with few or no radio aids over inadequately charted areas, under constant harassment from enemy fighters, CNAC pilots had not even the satisfaction of being able to shoot back. Their C-47s and later C-46s were unarmed.

In the early days of WWII, CNAC also provided airlift for the AVG, transporting personnel and supplies to and from the various Flying Tigers bases. To fly pilots to India on their way to pick up new planes for the AVG and CAF, CNAC provided the service. General Jimmy Doolittle and his Raiders who landed in China, were flown across the Hump on the beginning of their journey home.

In addition to its regular commercial operations, CNAC carried military supplies between India and China under a Chinese Government contract arrangedin 1942 with the U.S. Army, which supplied Douglas C-47 and C-53 planes and later, Curtiss C-46 transports.

During the war, CNAC and the U.S. Army Air Transport Command carried approximately 10 and 90 percent, respectively, of the total lend-lease supplies flown across the Hump. From April 1942, when the Burma Road was lost, to April 1945, CNAC made more than 35,000 trips over the Hump. In 1944 it flew almost 9,000 round trips, or 10,000,000 miles, over this route, transporting approximately 35,000 tons of lend-lease, and also strategic materials.

During the war it also transported to Northwest China considerable amounts of strategic materials destined for Russia. Carrying 38 percent of all strategic air cargoes on world routes in 1944, CNAC ranked second only to the Air Transport Command, which carried 57 percent.

CNAC also played an important role in the Burma campaign by dropping food to Chinese expeditionary forces, evacuating besieged Chinese and British troops, and supplying the Ledo Road project with men, equipment, medical supplies and food. Between October 22, 1944 and January 21, 1945, it made 523 trips, dropping 1,836,970 pounds of rice to roadbuilders.

To fill their ranks, CNAC added many Tiger pilots to their number when the AVG was disbanded, as well as other commercial pilots recruited in the United States and China. Some of the new pilots never had flown anything bigger than a Cub. Most of them never had been at the controls of multi-engine equipment nor were they familiar with instrument flying.

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