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On today’s episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we look at unique group of U.S. World War Two mercenary pilots called the Flying Tigers. Formally known as the American Volunteer Group (AVG), this group of pilots were basically a black-ops mission. They were authorized directly by President Roosevelt but were a top secret organization. In fact, the pilots who joined the AVG had to travel out of country on false passports which were drawn up by the government.
The pilots and support staff of the Flying Tigers were all given a one year contract in 1941 to help serve in the Chinese Air Force to defend their country against Japanese aggressors. Generalissimo Chiang Kai Chek, the head of the Chinese military, learned of the amazing American pilots after one of his men saw Colonel Claire Chennault doing extremely difficulty air maneuvers as part of a show. Chennault was fired from the Air Force for his bold ideas that the higher ups didn’t appreciate, and the very same day, he was hired by Chin