Tiger International originally started as the Flying Tiger Line. Created by AVG personnel (headed by Bob Prescott) after WWII, the Flying Tiger Line became one of the nation’s premier air freight companies. It played a very important role in the Cambodian airlift with several DC-8 aircraft.
In 1974, the company changed its name to Tiger International before being merged into Federal Express in 1989.
In the summer of 1941, months before America was drawn into World War II by the attack on Pearl Harbor, a small group of American military pilots was secretly being recruited to augment China's Air Force. At the head of this effort was a crusty, retired World War I Army Air Corps fighter pilot who had been hired by China to strengthen the Chinese Air Force. Because America was not at war with Japan, great care was taken to avoid bringing into question this nation's token neutrality. As a result, these volunteer pilots were required to resign their commissions with the US military, travel to China as civilians and enlist in the Chinese Air Force. These roughly 100 pilots and 200 support crew were officials known as "The First American Volunteer Group" or AVG. After their first combat on December 18, 1941, where they were highly outnumbered and very successful, a journalist wrote in his column, "they flew like tigers . . ." From that time on, they became known as the "Flying Tigers."
The Flying Tigers were disbanded and replaced by the US military seven months later on July 4, 1942, but during the intervening seven month period, they racked up one of the finest air combat records in history. This brief history of the AVG is told by one of their pilots, RT Smith, recruited from the US Army Air Corps.Certificate:
Registered Bond, issued in the 1980’sPrinter: Jeffries Bank Note Company Dimensions:
8” (h) x 12” (w)State: DE-Delaware Subject Matter: Air Freight Vignette Topic(s): Female Subject
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| Hemispheres Featured Condition:
No fold lines, punch hole and machine cancels in the signature areas and body.