Commemorative HUMP Flight to China
Many American heroes died flying the HUMP in WW II to help save China and supply our forces there. Our HUMP flight, to honor their sacrifices and in their memory, needs your help to "survive." Our 1944 C-47, Buzz Buggy, had a catastrophic engine failure and made a single engine landing halfway on its journey. We need your help to replace the engine and continue the flight across the Himalayas to China.
A bronze plaque will be installed with the airplane when placed on display at the Flying Tigers Guilin Heritage Park & Museum that will acknowledge the names of all who donate $1000 or more. All donations are fully tax-deductible in the US.
Please contribute what you can right away. The men we honor deserve no less.
www.FlyingTheHump.com - lots of info and updates and includes a live SPOT tracking of the journey which will resume once the engine is replaced.
www.facebook.com/FlyingTigersHistoricalOrganization/ - lots of info and updates plus a PHOTO ALBUM of this Hump Flight:
www.FlyingTigersHistoricalOrganization.com - main website - lots of info but updates lag
http://china9a.smugmug.com - online photos of C47 "Buzz Buggy" and the Hump Flight plus the new Flying Tigers Guilin Heritage Park & Museum , etc. - use current password "FeiHu" to enter the site and then click on each folder and/or gallery as desired.
Buzz Buggy has landed in Guilin on November 19, 2016 after a three-plus month adventure that turned into an epic and then a saga. It turns out crossing the Himalayas is harder than anyone could imagine. Obstacle and barrier after barrier loomed in our path, from mechanical to political and weather - each was overcome in turn. We met a few along the way we would have preferred not to meet but then we meet many, many people who lent a hand and encouragement along with a lot of ordinary people who helped us financially when we needed it most.
This truly turned into a flight of friendship and relationship building as we progressed along the nearly 7000 mile route. Different cultures and religions pulled together to help make this mission a success, much as different nations pulled together in WW II to defend China and defeat Japan.
- Larry Jobe
We will give you more details and insights once we have arrived back home and recovered, and caught up on our 'normal' daily businesses.
Thank you all for believing in and supporting us on this long journey.
While it took 6 weeks of horrible hassles in Surabaya, Indonesia when the left engine flying from Bali, this experience is the compete opposite and but has still taken over 4 weeks. All affected components have been removed and replaced and testing is occurring now.
It is possible it will depart Kunming at 11 AM on China’s 18 NOV or 19 NOV (= 7 PM PST / 11 PM EST /the day before in the US). If the last crew member, Tom Claytor, is able to return to China in time, he will activate the SPOT tracking on his great website www.FlyingTheHump.com so we can hopefully observe the 3.5 to 4 hour flight progress LIVE online).
I continue to upload photos to HUMP album on http://china9a.smugmug.com as able – still using the current password of “ FeiHu “ to enter whole site. The sub-folder for Kunming shows the latest photos and the most incredible ones are in the Gallery for Leonardo Luna Correa, an airline pilot from Uruguay who is flying in China and is a renowned and published professional photographer specializing in aviation. His help to the crew in Kunming has been outstanding as well. Check out http://www.leonardocorrealuna.com/ - this guy’s work is incredible – and he keeps his C170 based at LVK for frequent visits to our area!! Small world!
Once I arrive in China, I will lose access to Facebook, so our dear friend and colleague Barbara Bussler will relay further updates to our GoFundMe page ( https://www.gofundme.com/25ccc2zw) and the Flying Tiger Historical Organization (FTHO) Facebook from my emails to her. While all expenses have been covered by the Chinese since Buzz Buggy landed on her soil, we are still woefully short of covering all the unexpected expenses incurred after the 1st engine failure causing many of us to be seriously impacted personally. We hope there are still folks who will be able to help with whatever they can, so please keep spreading the word to contribute to this great historic journey to honor the HUMP pilots and crew of the CBI and CNAC who flew the world’s most dangerous route.
China also REALLY wants Buzz Buggy to continue its flight from Kunming to Guilin where it is also eagerly anticipated by the citizens there. Since we are still far from covering all the extra expense for the left engine failure in Indonesia and cannot fund another engine replacement, etc., China has agreed to cover all the expenses from the Kunming arrival forward! A replacement engine has been found in LA and arrangements for payment and shipment are in progress. Both Larry and the crew engineer/mechanic have stayed back to eventually start the process of engine removal and prepare it for the new engine installation when it finally arrives - and will be given assistance by the Chinese including extra manpower, use of a hangar and all equipment required. What a relief to have a friendly and helpful environment as compared to the rough experiences by officials and businesses in Indonesia. At least they met wonderful citizens while there including an aviation club.
The engine change process may take several weeks and I hope to return when the rest of the actual crew return and join them as they fly on to Guilin and its final permanent display location at the new Flying Tigers Park & Museum there. They promise a great reception upon arrival and a huge dedication ceremony and celebration next March when our annual tour group returns there. In the meantime our fund-raising must continue to service the extra debts accumulated during the left engine failure out of Bali.
Please pass the word and stay tuned for more updates. I will be uploading MANY photos soon to the www.China9a.SmugMug.com site ("FeiHu" is still the password to enter the whole site).
It's that time... the time we need all of our FTHO-staff; those who have read of our plight, and our contributing guests to really spread the word to friends & associates... our pilots will be returning to Surabaya very soon - they'll be getting their hands dirty, along with local mechanics, in replacing that engine. It costs money to rent space in a repair facility & tow the aircraft there; to even get the replacement engine through Indonesian Customs & delivered to the site - that's due to happen by the weekend - it has to! We've got to get this 'bird' aloft; cover Malaysia, Thailand, and to Mandalay - then on over the HUMP & jungles enroute to Kunming... and on to Guilin before it's very "lease on life" (major overhaul requirement) expires in early October. We may not hear from our men for a week more , but they'll be busy I guarantee that! Remember they are all dedicated VOLUNTEERS who aren't in it for the money, nor the glory - Only to honor the courage & sacrifices of air-crews lost, and not forgotten; American & Chinese airmen of that Greatest Generation. This is something that may never be repeated. It will be a celebrated milestone in the SPIRIT OF '45 and a tribute to CNAC who's pilots first flew the HUMP route Sept. 1941. We cannot let them down, when they are so close!