Thai Paper Umbrel...
Thai Paper Umbrella - Yellow Made of rice paper and painted with acrylic paint. Bamboo Handle an...View
In the latter part of July 1942 General Chennault sent the China National Aviation Corporation (CNAC) a message, urging them to adopt an insignia and put it on all their planes to help the 14th Air force pilots in identification. Captain Sharp called in Z.M. Wong, Y.Y. Zee and W.C. McDonald, Jr. and directed them to get this job done immediately. After considerable discussion CHUNG was born. They painted the CHUNG on all the aircraft in short order and sent General Chennault photographs of the planes with this character on them.
This symbol saved many from being shot down by Allied pilots and also played a vital role in keeping the CNAC Association together.
CHUNG is a Chinese character which means "in the middle of" or "the center," or, as applied to our CNAC aircraft, "MIDDLE KINGDOM SPACE MACHINE FAMILY."
The CHUNG has adorned many CNAC aircraft: DC-3's, C-47's, C-53's, C-46's and DC-4's. Its real claim to fame is the thousands of flights it made with precious cargo over the Himalayas. It has also flown the Pacific and around the world and is still "in the center" of the hearts of CNAC people.
Thai Paper Umbrella - Orange Made of rice paper and painted with acrylic paint. Bamboo Handle an...View
Thai Paper Umbrella - Purple Made of rice paper and painted with acrylic paint. Bamboo Handle an...View