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So much has happened these past several years and what follows below is now OLD information.
Click on the image below to view photos from the surprise ground-breaking ceremony at the park site on our March 2009 tour:
“SAVING CHENNAULT”S CAVE”
Travel Aire is currently working with official representatives of historical preservation in China to ensure permanent access to the site of the headquarters cave in Guilin, China, which was used by Gen. Claire Chennault and his Flying Tigers (both AVG and 14th AAF). We finally received authorization for our certification in the fall of 2008 (after two years of diligent effort and then sadly in time to witness the fall of our economy at the same time) as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in the US to administer and oversee the collection of now tax-deductible donations (large and small) from interested individuals and organizations. Many of our past tour participants have indicated a desire to contribute now that the collection method is in place. We have added a PayPal button to that website for your convenience. Please explore the following website for all the details: www.FlyingTigerHistoricalOrganization.com .
The Chinese delegation from Beijing has worked on artist’s renderings and architectural drawings of proposed improvements to the access road which currently crosses a private chicken farm. They also will make improvements to the pathway leading up the hill and into the cave itself. China has increased this project from their original 15-acre site proposal to a full 300 acres and a much more elaborate park to honor these heroes. They have also increased their monetary participation to a full $3 million USD to make this a world-class visitors' spot and will end with the addition of a 5-star hotel in Phase III bring the total park expenditure to $23.4 million USD. We believe this will be a significant addition to the already wonderful list of places to visit in the Guilin area (the famous garden spot of China). This cave site at the old airfield remains the only place in China one can visit and still envision what the airfield was like during WW II.
We are using our web page www.FlyingTigerHistoricalOrganization.com to keep all of you up-to-date with our progress. Drop us an E-mail from either from that web site or to us from this wen site at ChinaVIPTour@aol.com if you wish to become involved in any way so that you, too, can contribute to helping save a remarkable part of our WW II history.
The following article appeared in the July 2006 issue of “ In Flight USA” - and it and several other Aviation publications have been printing articles each year since then. The English version of "NewsChina" magazine featured the Flying Tigers in their May 5,2009 issue with many articles including one by Larry Jobe, and Larry also wrote an article appearing in the July 2009 "Oshkosh" edition of "Warbirds" magazine.
When Larry Jobe retired from United Airlines in early 2001, he never dreamed he would soon become so involved with taking Aviation enthusiasts, WW II history buffs and Flying Tigers from WW II on VIP tours of China. During his last years as captain of a B747-400 flying to the Far East, he had discovered the incredible changes occurring in China and had become enraptured also with their history, culture and the wonderful Chinese people. At first, he and his wife Nina would accompany friends and family on tours of China as personal tour guides. Soon they found themselves caught up in leading larger groups there on an annual low-cost, high-end VIP tour that Larry was able to have specially tailored to also include sights of interest to aviators and those with a passion for WW II history and the Flying Tigers in particular all in addition to the fabulous normal touring of China’s wide-spread highlights.
10/1/06 Update - Soon we expect to receive from the Chinese officials collaborating with us on this project their artists' renderings and architectural drawings, along with a cost estimate, so that we may establish our goals and begin soliciting donations towards the successful completion of this effort to not only preserve Chennallut’s cave, but to restore it to its original appearance inside.
12/21/06 Update - We have just received the following letter and depictions (SEE BELOW) of what is planned for development at the site of the old Yang Tang airfield outside Guilin which was used by the Flying Tigers in China during WW II (both the original AVG group and those that followed from the 23rd FG and the 14th AAF, all under the command of Gen. Claire Chennault.
[All further updates now appear on the offical web site:]
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