A historic C-47 aircraft will land in Mandalay on 20 August before flying “across the hump” to reach its final destination in Guilin, China where it will go on permanent display at the Flying Tiger Heritage Museum.
The museum chronicles the critical contributions made by the pilots known as the “Flying Tigers” and the people in the region who traveled the route in an effort to bring victory and peace to the region during World War II.
Following the aircraft’s landing by pilot and war veteran Tom Claytor, 53, a press conference will be held at the Mandalay International Airport.
The aircraft will leave for Guilin, China, the next day.
“Across the hump” refers to flying over the Himalayas before entering China — one of the most dangerous air routes of its time used by U.S. pilots during World War II. The flight will be conducted to honour the brave pilots who flew the route and acknowledge the friendships between nations today — like the United States and Myanmar — who continue to work together to maintain peace in the region.
Aung Than Khaing