Sunday, March 12 - The Flying Tigers and The Burma Road - Part 1
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Re: Sunday, March 12 - The Flying Tigers and The Burma Road - Part 1
That's horrible country for sure. LOLratty wrote: ↑05 Mar 2023, 21:30
Since we're to fly P-40s this week, it seemed appropriate to explore the areas where the First American Volunteer Group, the Flying Tigers, flew their missions. We start in Rangoon (now Yangon) where the pilots disembarked from the ships that brought them from the USA and where their aircraft were assembled. Following the southern portion of the Burma Road we fly to the training field at Taungoo then up into the mountains to meet the Salween River. We follow the river northwards to the Salween Gorge then fly west to land at Lashio.
Skyvector looks like:
https://skyvector.com/?ll=20.2137491603 ... 51E%20VYLS
Meet at: 1830z for a 1900z departure.
Meet on: Digital Theme Park on JoinFS.
Comms through A2A Discord channel.
Start at: Yangon International Airport, VYYY.
Aircraft: P-40s of the AVG.
Local takeoff time: 0600.
Way back when, I founded an organization that had several of the original AVG on board as charter members. Shilling, Hill, Noel Bacon, were members as well as Anna Chennault and Bob Scott.
Scotty was a lifelong friend. I should note he wasn't a member of the AVG but Chennault "loaned him a P40 that he flew to backup pilots flying the hump. He later commanded the 23rd Fighter Group after the Tigers were disbanded after pearl Harbor.
I remain friends today with Lydia Rossi.
All the Tigers I knew were great people.
Lots of history there.
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