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Living History Day – The Flying Tigers

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The American Volunteer Group, better known as the Flying Tigers, successfully battled the Japanese in the sky under the skillful command of General Claire Lee Chennault before the U.S. entered World War II. This cadre of trained pilots went to China determined to fight the Japanese. Presenters Susan Jimison ( author of Through The Eyes of a Tiger: The John Donovan Story) and Billy McDonald ( author of The Shadow Tiger: Billy McDonald, Wingman to Chennault) have each written books describing their relatives’ experiences with the AVG and they use their research to tell the story of this pioneering group of combat aviators. Susan Jimison  author of Through The Eyes of a Tiger: The John Donovan StoryThis is the story of one member of the original Flying Tigers, John Donovan. Through his letters, in his words .Billy McDonald author of The Shadow Tiger: Billy McDonald, Wingman to Chennault Billy McDonald had an adventurous and dangerous career as a pilot in the Golden Age of Flight, and into    World War II. He jumped from military cadet to wingman in Chennault’s famed aerobatic flying group Three Men on a Flying Trapeze. In China, he moved from instructor for the Chinese Air Force to combat pilot flying Chennault’s legendary Hawk 75 Special against the Japanese.
Program starts at 11:00 a.m. unti 1:00 p.m. Admission opens at 9:00 a.m.
EVENT: American Volunteer Group – The Flying Tigers
Title: Authors Susan Clotfelter Jimison and Billy McDonald will narrate the Flying Tigers story based on their research and books they have written about this pioneering group of combat aviators who went to China determined to fight the Japanese.
Date: March 18, 2017
Guest: Presenters Susan Jimison ( author of Through The Eyes of a Tiger: The John Donovan Story) and Billy McDonald ( author of The Shadow Tiger: Billy McDonald, Wingman to Chennault)
Aircraft: PT-19,T-6 Texan, T-34 Mentor
Moderator: Rick Ector
Admission: $ 10.00 – Free for CAF members & Active duty military

 

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