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A pilot for the China-based airline reputed to be the most shot at in the world, Felix Smith recounts in vivid detail his experiences ferrying troops and equipment for the . has been added to your Cart.

A pilot for the China-based airline reputed to be the most shot at in the world, Felix Smith recounts in vivid detail his experiences ferrying troops and equipment for the Nationalists during China's civil war; providing medicine and supplies to war-torn regions; and flying under CIA contract during the French war in Indochina has been added to your Cart.

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China Pilot : Flying for Chennault During the Cold Wa.

China Pilot : Flying for Chennault During the Cold War. by Felix Smith.

Flying for Chennault During the Cold War. By Felix Smith Foreword by Anna Chennault. This is one of thoe rare treats for aviation history enthusiasts: a book by a superb pilot who also happens to be a first-rate writer. Category: Military History Asian World History 20th Century . Better than anyone else evokes the sights, smells, and sounds of China. China Pilot is a wonderful book (Air & Space). Looking for More Great Reads?

Bibliographic Details. Title: China Pilot: Flying for Chiang and Chennault. Publisher: Brassey's Inc, . During his thirty-year career in Asia, Felix Smith flew ten different types of airplanes more than eight million miles. He lives in rural Wisconsin.

Bibliographic Details. Publication Date: 1995.

At the end of World War II, young American pilot Felix Smith had to choose between returning home to a job with a commercial airline and remaining in Asia

At the end of World War II, young American pilot Felix Smith had to choose between returning home to a job with a commercial airline and remaining in Asia. Life in the Midwest, however, could not compete with the seductive mystique of China, so Smith chose to stay, becoming one of the first pilots to fly for General Clair Chennault's Civil Air Transport (CAT). Chennault, famous as the founder of the mercenary organization, dubbed as the "Flying Tigers", late established the CAT to fly food and medical supplies into devastated post-war China.

Claire Chennault, Captain Smith flew over China, Vietnam and Laos on. .The airline’s aim was to undergird the Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek in the protracted civil war against the Communists

Claire Chennault, Captain Smith flew over China, Vietnam and Laos on stealth Cold War missions for the American government. Felix Smith, a swashbuckling pilot for a Chinese Nationalist airline that flew covert missions over Asia for the American government during the early days of the Cold War, died on Oct. 3 in Milwaukee. The airline’s aim was to undergird the Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek in the protracted civil war against the Communists. The airline’s facade as a civilian commercial enterprise concealed Washington’s support for Chiang and for the mass evacuation of his followers from the Chinese mainland to Taiwan after he was defeated in 1949.

Aviation Museum & Library Collection China pilot: flying for Chiang and Chennault. AUTHOR: Smith, Felix. Aviation Museum & Library Collection. China pilot: flying for Chiang and Chennault. DESCRIPTION: xiii, 309 . p. of plates : il. map ; 25 cm.

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Smith, Felix: China Pilot: Flying for Chiang and Chennault, Smithsonian, 1995. Xu, Guangqiu: "The Chinese Air Force with American Wings. War & Society, Vol. 16 (1998), No. 1, pp. 61–81. Xu, Guangqiu: War Wings: The United States and Chinese Military Aviation, 1929–1949, Grove/Atlantic, 2001. Chinese aces of WW2. Information on Chinese airforce and Chinese aces.

At the end of World War II, young American pilot Felix Smith had to choose between returning home to a job with a commercial airline and remaining in Asia. Life in the Midwest, however, could not compete with the seductive mystique of China, so Smith chose to stay, becoming one of the first pilots to fly for General Clair Chennault's Civil Air Transport (CAT). Chennault, famous as the founder of the mercenary organization, dubbed as the "Flying Tigers", late established the CAT to fly food and medical supplies into devastated post-war China. For over 30 years, Smith lived as a civilian among the local people and flew over 8 million miles on flights of mercy - flights that cost the lives of many of his comrades.

China Pilot: Flying for Chiang & Chennault epub download

ISBN13: 978-0028811260

ISBN: 0028811267

Author: Felix Smith

Category: Other

Subcategory: Humanities

Language: English

Publisher: Brassey's Inc (November 30, 1995)

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Rating: 4.3

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Tygolar
Some years ago while on leave from Afghanistan, I visited the island of Mallorca (off the eastern coast of Spain/Barcelona). I was invited to a US Navy League meeting to mix with several of the US expatriates who lived on the island.

The absolutely upscale estate development call Son Vita (perhaps the most upscale in Spain) was hosted by Steve Kusick, who along with James Mc Govern ("Earthquake Magoon") made the last flight over Dien Bien Phu. We talked for about 30 minutes as he remembered the daring days of flying for the Flying Tigers and later Civil Air Transport. Steve left China with gold for his efforts to help the Nationalist Chinese and bought the beautiful valley as mentioned Son Vita. He married one of Franco's generals daughters and began to develop Son Vita.

Steve was in his mid-80's and no doubt not with us today. Mr. Smith brings to life these brave men working on the edges of life and death daily.

RH. Haiti, Bosnia Croatia, Afghanistan, Sudan, Iraq, South Sudan & Uganda.
Tygolar
Some years ago while on leave from Afghanistan, I visited the island of Mallorca (off the eastern coast of Spain/Barcelona). I was invited to a US Navy League meeting to mix with several of the US expatriates who lived on the island.

The absolutely upscale estate development call Son Vita (perhaps the most upscale in Spain) was hosted by Steve Kusick, who along with James Mc Govern ("Earthquake Magoon") made the last flight over Dien Bien Phu. We talked for about 30 minutes as he remembered the daring days of flying for the Flying Tigers and later Civil Air Transport. Steve left China with gold for his efforts to help the Nationalist Chinese and bought the beautiful valley as mentioned Son Vita. He married one of Franco's generals daughters and began to develop Son Vita.

Steve was in his mid-80's and no doubt not with us today. Mr. Smith brings to life these brave men working on the edges of life and death daily.

RH. Haiti, Bosnia Croatia, Afghanistan, Sudan, Iraq, South Sudan & Uganda.
Moswyn
These little known historical adventure BIOs & AUTOBIOs are terrific; from both an entertainment and educational standpoint..
What often emerges are never before heard 'inside-out' perspectives on huge historical events. As an example; during flight operarations out of 1953 Hanoi, Captain Smith is confiring on weather with a Vietnamese Meteorologist. They are talking politics and the Vietnamese meteorologist is expressing a Knowledge of Thomas Jefferson that Smith cannot keep up with. He (Vietnamese Mtlgst) makes the assertion: "we hate the Communists but then the French Colonialists have to go". "We know America would Champion our freedom"; but they are forced to support the French".
The French it is disclosed , were threatnening an unholy affilliation with the Communist Block in the 'cold War' if we removed our support for their efforts. I had never heard that stated as bluntly before. It was confirmed at the time as 'blackmail' by our Secretary of State. Certainly qualified as 'can't put it down books'.
Moswyn
These little known historical adventure BIOs & AUTOBIOs are terrific; from both an entertainment and educational standpoint..
What often emerges are never before heard 'inside-out' perspectives on huge historical events. As an example; during flight operarations out of 1953 Hanoi, Captain Smith is confiring on weather with a Vietnamese Meteorologist. They are talking politics and the Vietnamese meteorologist is expressing a Knowledge of Thomas Jefferson that Smith cannot keep up with. He (Vietnamese Mtlgst) makes the assertion: "we hate the Communists but then the French Colonialists have to go". "We know America would Champion our freedom"; but they are forced to support the French".
The French it is disclosed , were threatnening an unholy affilliation with the Communist Block in the 'cold War' if we removed our support for their efforts. I had never heard that stated as bluntly before. It was confirmed at the time as 'blackmail' by our Secretary of State. Certainly qualified as 'can't put it down books'.
I'm a Russian Occupant
Fascinating look at the inner workings of counter-communist operations at the dawn of the cold war. General Chennault never received the recognition he deserved from our government or our armed forces establishment. First denigrated for his advocacy of air power- he was put out of the army. After air power proved its strength- his tactics of pitting the few strengths of the P-40 against the weakness's of its Imperial Japanese opponents he was still ignored and shuttled off to peripheral theatres. This book re-enforced my view that WWII was won by the average American joe in spite of his Government's military establishment.
I'm a Russian Occupant
Fascinating look at the inner workings of counter-communist operations at the dawn of the cold war. General Chennault never received the recognition he deserved from our government or our armed forces establishment. First denigrated for his advocacy of air power- he was put out of the army. After air power proved its strength- his tactics of pitting the few strengths of the P-40 against the weakness's of its Imperial Japanese opponents he was still ignored and shuttled off to peripheral theatres. This book re-enforced my view that WWII was won by the average American joe in spite of his Government's military establishment.
Kieel
Having spent an appreciable amount of time in Asia myself, and being an admirer of the exploits of the famed Flying Tigers (AVG), I ordered four books at one time. I saved this book for last, since Mr. Smith was not an original member of the Flying Tigers. After reading, and enjoying the others, I began Mr. Smith's CHINA PILOT. I don't know what I thought I would get out of this book, but I loved it! Felix Smith was obviously one of the very best pilots working in an Asia in turmoil at that time. His narration of the many adventures he was involved in draw the reader right into the cockpit with him. I could SEE Earthquake Magoon! I could SMELL the warm night air through the open cockpit window while flying over some jungle in Vietnam or Laos. I wholeheartedly recommend this fine book to those interested in the Far East and the many roles the AVG-CAT-Air America played during those decades of turbulence. Mr. Smith, if you happen to read this: excellent job! Both on the book, and particularly your interesting life.
Mike McCaffrey
Department of State/Foreign Service - Retired
Kieel
Having spent an appreciable amount of time in Asia myself, and being an admirer of the exploits of the famed Flying Tigers (AVG), I ordered four books at one time. I saved this book for last, since Mr. Smith was not an original member of the Flying Tigers. After reading, and enjoying the others, I began Mr. Smith's CHINA PILOT. I don't know what I thought I would get out of this book, but I loved it! Felix Smith was obviously one of the very best pilots working in an Asia in turmoil at that time. His narration of the many adventures he was involved in draw the reader right into the cockpit with him. I could SEE Earthquake Magoon! I could SMELL the warm night air through the open cockpit window while flying over some jungle in Vietnam or Laos. I wholeheartedly recommend this fine book to those interested in the Far East and the many roles the AVG-CAT-Air America played during those decades of turbulence. Mr. Smith, if you happen to read this: excellent job! Both on the book, and particularly your interesting life.
Mike McCaffrey
Department of State/Foreign Service - Retired
Ť.ħ.ê_Ĉ.õ.о.Ł
Felix Smith is a gifted writer, who is able to describe a scene or an incident with carefully selected, compact, beautiful prose. There are plenty of flying stories for the aviation enthusiast in this book, but the writing is never too technical to confuse the uninitiated. His story of China in turmoil, and a shoestring airline staffed with unusual characters, is compelling indeed, and is thoroughly recommended.
My one criticism is the lack of historical thread of the airline after its ejection from China. The book breaks down to a series of interesting anecdotes, but the background on how CAT evolved, how it acquired jets, how Smith himself transitioned to sophisticated jet transports, is missing. I found many of the later anecdotes, though well written and compelling, oddly out of context, and wondered how they fitted into the big picture. This wasn't helped by Smith's technique of sometimes mentioning a character, and only introducing him in later pages, which has you thumbing back through the book seeing if perhaps you'd missed a passage.
But these are small criticisms indeed, and the book is a very enjoyable read of a turbulent and, frankly, romantic era of aviation.
Ť.ħ.ê_Ĉ.õ.о.Ł
Felix Smith is a gifted writer, who is able to describe a scene or an incident with carefully selected, compact, beautiful prose. There are plenty of flying stories for the aviation enthusiast in this book, but the writing is never too technical to confuse the uninitiated. His story of China in turmoil, and a shoestring airline staffed with unusual characters, is compelling indeed, and is thoroughly recommended.
My one criticism is the lack of historical thread of the airline after its ejection from China. The book breaks down to a series of interesting anecdotes, but the background on how CAT evolved, how it acquired jets, how Smith himself transitioned to sophisticated jet transports, is missing. I found many of the later anecdotes, though well written and compelling, oddly out of context, and wondered how they fitted into the big picture. This wasn't helped by Smith's technique of sometimes mentioning a character, and only introducing him in later pages, which has you thumbing back through the book seeing if perhaps you'd missed a passage.
But these are small criticisms indeed, and the book is a very enjoyable read of a turbulent and, frankly, romantic era of aviation.
Dddasuk
The subject is getting to be a dim memory with most folks. But Felix Smith writes with an I-was-there perspective that brings the milieu and the Asia-oriented intrigue very well. Excellent--and might be used for a US aviation classroom if any ever pop up in the future.
Dddasuk
The subject is getting to be a dim memory with most folks. But Felix Smith writes with an I-was-there perspective that brings the milieu and the Asia-oriented intrigue very well. Excellent--and might be used for a US aviation classroom if any ever pop up in the future.
Karg
Very good read for anyone interested about China during ww11
Karg
Very good read for anyone interested about China during ww11
This is a facinating study of flying by "hump pilots" immediately after WW2 in Chine and SE Asia.. Great read! If you are into the building of air transport in China, this book will be an informative nd entertaining read. Rates with "Perilous Missions" by William Leary, "The Dragon's Wings", also by William Leary, "China's Wings" by Gregory Crouch, and "Flying the Hump" by Jeff Ethell and Don Downie.
This is a facinating study of flying by "hump pilots" immediately after WW2 in Chine and SE Asia.. Great read! If you are into the building of air transport in China, this book will be an informative nd entertaining read. Rates with "Perilous Missions" by William Leary, "The Dragon's Wings", also by William Leary, "China's Wings" by Gregory Crouch, and "Flying the Hump" by Jeff Ethell and Don Downie.