China National Aviation Corp veteran to speak at Historic Flight Foundation

Sep 25, 2013

Historic Flight Foundation in Mukilteo operates the only known airworthy aircraft once flown by the China National Aviation Corp (DC-3 N877MG, CNAC no. 100).

An airline famous for flying the Himalayan “Hump” in the ‘30s and ‘40s, very few of its pilots are alive to tell the story.

The HFF is honored, then, to welcome 100-year-old Moon Chin to speak at noon on Sept. 29 at the foundation’s hangar and share his experiences.

Capt. Chin began his flying career with CNAC in 1933 as a copilot on the Shanghai–Peking route. He became a captain in 1936 and flew transport missions before and during WW II throughout the India-Burma-China region.

He joined the Central Air Transport Corporation in 1946 as head of operations where he acquired aircraft, hired and trained flight crews, and initiated operations on Mainland China.

CATC became part of Civil Air Transport of Taiwan in 1947. In 1964, Chin founded Foshing Airlines with service from Taipei to Taitung. Despite never serving in the U.S. military, he has been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal (Silver Star), The Air Medal and the Presidential Unit Citation.

Also speaking on Sept. 29 will be author Gregory Crouch.

Crouch spent eight years meticulously researching the story of William Langhorne Bond and the CNAC, traveling to China and around the United States to ferret through archives and interview survivors to produce China’s Wings: War, Intrigue, Romance, and Adventure in the Middle Kingdom During the Golden Age of Flight.

The Historic Flight Foundation is at 10719 Bernie Webber Dr. in Mukilteo.

For more information, call 425-348-3200 email or go online to

-Edited by Beacon staff

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