Commemorative Hump Flight in Plight

SURABAYA, Indonesia - Sept. 16, 2016 - PRLog -- During World War II, 600 Allied Aircraft were lost crossing the Himalayas to supply the Flying Tigers in China. Japan controlled the entire coast of China, Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and then Burma. With the loss of the Burma Road, "Flying the Hump" was the only option to re-supply the forces fighting the Japanese from within China. This was one of the most dangerous flying routes at the time and DC-3 and C47 aircraft were the primary aircraft.

Earlier this year, a C47 named "Buzz Buggy" was located in Australia and acquired through a generous donation to the Flying Tigers Historical Organization (FTHO) of Groveland, CA to fly the route over the Hump one more time.

On August 15, 2016, the C47 departed from Australia and is planning to fly through Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar and "across the Hump" to Kunming, then on to Guilin, China. The destination for this historic aircraft is to be the main exhibition display at the Flying Tiger Heritage Park and Museum in Guilin, China. This museum chronicles the critical contribution made by the Flying Tigers and the pilots who flew the Hump to supply them during World War II.

Then on Aug 17, the situation changed dramatically: On day 4, while flying from Bali to Johor (Malaysia), Buzz Buggy had a catastrophic engine failure. The crew had to divert to Surabaya (Indonesia) and landed the plane safely with a single engine. This last Hump flight now urgently needs help to "survive." Donations to finance the replacement of the engine and to continue the flight across the Himalayas to China are desperately needed.

As of September 15, the plane still sits at Surabaya airport without the new engine which has been purchased in the meantime in Australia. The FTHO is working with every source they can find to try and get the engine on its way. They are under much pressure because they are on the clock as the annual on the aircraft expires the end of October. All of the crew is working for free.

The FTHO appreciates all the help that has been given to them but is still short of the necessary funds to cover all the expenses involved with this engine failure.

While the situation in Surabaya is frustrating, the FTHO wants to point out that "We only have to remember that the men and women whom we seek to honor overcame much more difficult obstacles while saving our freedom in WW II. This flight is being conducted to honor those men and women who served to bring victory and peace, and to the friendships between nations today that are charged with keeping the peace. In their memory we will succeed."

More information on the Commemorative Hump Flight can be found at

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Larry Jobe - President FTHO
Barbara Bussler - PR assoc.
Tags:Flying Tigers, Veterans, Airplanes planes historic
Location:surabaya - East Java - Indonesia
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