Flying Tiger : Chennault of China by Robert Lee Scott, Jr.
New York : Doubleday, 1959. First Edition. Hardcover. 285 pages ; 20 cm. Price clipped dust jacket with minimal wear. Previous owner address sticker on the front free endpaper. Clipping from a duplicate dust jacket pasted down onto the first two pages and the last page. Lean to spine. Pages are unmarked. Binding is firm.
FLYING TIGER : CHENNAULT OF CHINA by Robert Lee Scott, Jr.
Introduction by General George C. Kenney, USAF
The Chinese called him "Chennote Chiang Chun" and they called his men "Tigers." He was a soft-spoken retired U. S. Army Air Corps captain when he came to China in 1937 and accepted the overwhelming task of reorganizing Chiang Kai-shek's pitiful flying force. His "Tigers" were a group of strange, wild men who plunged into China in 1941, painted the noses of their battered P-40s into the grinning mouths of sharks, and blazed a trail of glory across the China sky.
How Claire Chennault forged a handful of pilots and a hundred obsolete planes into one of the most effective fighting units of all time; how he trained his "Tigers" in the dazzling aerial precision that became their trademark; how he fought his lonely battle against military regulations and conformity; and how, after the war, he created the remarkable CAT airlift to bring supplies into the Communist-besieged villages of northern China and Manchuria — all these feats are revealed in exciting detail by one of Chennault's most daring aces and closest friends.
Only General Robert Lee Scott, Jr., whose memorable God Is My Co-Pilot stirred thousands of readers the world over, could tell this dramatic, inspiring story, the story of "the greatest Flying Tiger of them all."
ROBERT LEE SCOTT, JR. - Brigadier General USAF (retired) — has been a professional airman for over thirty years and considers himself "first and foremost a single-seater fighter pilot." He has down 388 combat missions, many of them as one of Chennault's most famous Flying Tigers, and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the Ten Star Dragon Medal (from the Chinese government), and many other decorations. That he is also a fine writer has been proved by the inspiring God Is My Co-Pilot, Damned to Glory, Runway to the Sun, and a novel — Look of the Eagle. General Scott lives in Phoenix, Arizona.
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