Recent Events of the Flying Tigers

Sep. 21-24, 2017 - 76th Anniversary AVG Reunion in Florida.  An exciting gathering is planned for our Tigers and their families---stay tuned for more details!  We will let you know of any public events.

Sep. 21-25, 2016 - 75th Anniversary AVG
Reunion in Atlanta, GA with the Atlanta Warbird Weekend at PDK, Peachtree DeKalb Airport

It was a grand event!!  Two of the three living AVG Flying Tigers members attended and observed the gathering of 5 P-40s.  Frank Losonsky, 3rd Sqdn Crew Chief, marvelled at the skills of his pilot as his P-40 completed 2 barrel rolls in the skies over PDK airport....Frank, age 96, was in the back seat!!!

Aug-Sep, 2015 - AVG trip to China

One of the four surviving Flying Tigers and many AVG family members traveled to China to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the end of WWII.  They visited many historic sites, festive events, museums and most notably the Salween River Gorge---scene of one of the most important battles of WWII in the China-Burma-India theater.

May 14-17, 2015 - AVG Reunion, Tampa, Florida

Two of the 4 surviving Tigers attended the AVG Flying Tigers Reunion in Tampa, Florida.  We do not have any public events scheduled as the reunion is for the Tigers and their families plus a few invited guests.

Sep 25-28, 2014 - AVG Reunion, Dallas, TX

One of the 4 surviving AVG members attended.  The Tigers were honored with P-40 flyovers at the Cavanaugh Flight Museum and the Frontiers of Flight Museum.  A delegation from the Yunnan Flying Tigers Museum in China presented Tigers and their families with commemorative Flying Tiger medals.

Sep 26-29, 2013 - AVG Reunion, Huntsville, AL

Three of the 4 surviving AVG members attended.  The Tigers were honored by NASA at the Redstone Arsenal and at an Army ceremony at the Huntsville Army Air Depot.  A P-40 flew in for the event and then thrilled the crowd with a low level pass over the field.

Oct 18-21, 2012 - AVG Reunion, Columbus, GA

Four of the surviving AVG members attended.  The Tigers were honored at a Basic Training Graduation at Parade Field at Fort Benning GA.  They were given an extensive tour of the National Infantry Museum, presented with Quilts of Valor and had an enjoyable public Meet-and-Greet.

Sept  1-5, 2011 - AVG Reunion, Cleveland, OH

The Tigers were honored at the Cleveland National Air Show.  A delegation from the Thunderbirds, the Air Force aerial demonstration team, greeted the 4 Tigers in attendance.  We enjoyed a Chinese dinner at the Bo Loong restaurant and services at Old Stone Church.

The AVG was honored to have Gen. Donald Hoffman, commander of the Air Force Materials Command as its guest speaker at the Banquet.  Entertainment was provided by the Cleveland Firefighters Bagpipe Band and the USAF Band of Flight from Wright Patterson Air Force Base.

June 2-6, 2010 - AVG Reunion, Las Vegas, NV

Four of the surviving AVG members attended.  General Chennault's daughter, Rosemary Simrall, and his granddaughter, Nell Calloway, also attended.  The Tigers were met by Gen. Handy and honored with an extensive tour and maintenance brief at the Air Warfare School at Nellis AFB.  There was indeed lots of "iron on the ramp at Nellis!"  We were surprised to meet Joe Chennault, a relative of the general....and he's an Air Force pilot in the Aggressor Squadron....yes, it's fighter tactics at its very best!  The AVG Banquet was held atop the Stratosphere Tower with spectacular sunset views of Las Vegas and The Strip.  The President of Mercury Air, Mr. Joe Czyzyk, honored the Tigers.

July 1-5, 2009 - AVG Reunion, Boston, MA

Five of the surviving AVG attended.  The Tigers were honored aboard USS Constitution "Old Ironsides" and at a sumptuous Chinese dinner at the Empire Garden restaurant in Chinatown by Republic of China war veterans, TECO and the Boston Chinese community.  The Grand Finale was an eagle's eye view of the spectacular 4th of July fireworks over the Charles River in Boston.

May 7-11, 2008 - AVG Reunion, San Antonio, TX  

Eight of the 19 surviving AVG members attended.  The Tigers were honored at Lackland AFB and at a memorial service at the Admiral Nimitz Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg, Texas.

April 5, 2007 - Opening Day for the Lakeland (FL) Flying Tigers baseball team.  

Chuck Baisden and Frank Losonsky were honored guests.

April 26-29, 2007  - AVG Reunion, Charleston, SC

The Tigers were honored guests for a tour of Charleston AFB.

May 25-29, 2006   - AVG 2006 Reunion, Washington, D.C.   

Fifteen AVG members attended.  Events included participation in the wreath-laying ceremony at the grave of Lt. Gen. Claire Lee Chennault in Arlington National Cemetery.  The Tigers were honored at a concert given by The Grand Army of the Republic Band.  The Tigers each received a coin from Gen. Peter Pace, USMC, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

November 11, 2005 -

Dick Rossi was inducted into the new Fallbrook, California, Aviation Hall of Fame.

September, 2005 -

Dick Rossi was a guest at numerous events in China which honored the Flying Tigers and other American veterans.

July 16, 2005 -

Tex Hill was the presenter of John R. Alison, at the National Aviation Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony in Dayton, Ohio.

June 9-12, 2005 - AVG reunion in Grand Rapids, MI

Twenty of the surviving 33 AVG members were present, along with family and friends.  In addition to a symposium at the Gerald Ford Presidential Library and a public autograph session, the Tigers were interviewed by local and area media.

Ft. Knox Trip

Tex Hill honored by 8-229th Flying Tigers, at Fort Knox, KY in 2006.

Row 1, l to r: Tex arriving at Fort Knox; LTs listening to Tex; Passing the flag; With 2nd Pursuit Bravo Co.; With his Apache; Signing the Apache.
Row 2: Flying Tigers listening to their mentor; Lunch w/ Sgt Major and OPS officer; Putting another in the black; Tex w/ Jim Posey; Passing out awards;  LTC Hall honoring Tex.

2005 AVG Reunion

(Photos courtesy of Liz Hausserman, Linda Ciangi, Bill Charles, Phil Losonsky, Jo Neal, Willa Baisden, Tom Caltabiano, Shiela Irwin)

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Rossi's China Trip


August 30, 2005 to September 16, 2005

by Lydia Rossi

Chapter One

What has happened in the last ten years in China? Who could have predicted that the name "Flying Tigers" would be more famous in China than it has ever been in the United States? When we first traveled to China in 1995, hardly anyone knew the name or what it referred to. As we made more trips to China in the last ten years, the level of awareness was growing, until it now is recognized even at the highest levels of the PRC, as the heroes who came to China during its time of great need and helped saved the Chinese people from the aggression of the Japanese. When I say highest levels - let me give you the best example: at a state dinner for 2,000 at the Great Hall of the People - just off of Tianamen Square, AVG pilot Dick Rossi was seated at the head table with the president of China, Hu Jintao. President Hu walked around to Dick, toasted him and thanked him for what the Flying Tigers, Hump Pilots and other American veterans did for China in WWII. The reception given to our band of American veterans and families on this trip was unprecedented and certainly unexpected. Everywhere we went in China we were treated as though we were visiting royalty - great heroes !

Click here to view our photo gallery of the trip! Rossi's China Trip

Hall of Fame Inductees

From the Pacific Flyer magazine:

Two famous World War II aviators were inducted into the new Fallbrook (Calif.) Aviation Hall of Fame on Veterans Day. The pair, Dick Rossi and Fred Losch, are long-time Fallbrook residents, said Tom Wilson, president of Friends of the Fallbrook Community Airport. Doug Dwyer, vice-president of FFCAP, spearheaded the hall of fame, saying it is designed to highlight the surprisingly large number of aviation exploits of Fallbrook residents. Fallbrook is a tiny airport located in North San Diego County, adjacent to Camp Pendleton.
Rossi is a 6.5 victory ace with the famed American Volunteer Group, better known as the Flying Tigers. In 1941 and '42, the AVG surmounted huge odds during their brief but illustrious combat tour in China. When that group disbanded, Rossi remained in China, flying "The Hump" for the Chinese National Aviation Corporation. After the war, Rossi was a founding member of the Flying Tigers cargo airline.
Losch, as a Marine Corps lieutenant, served in fighter squadron VMF-214, the storied "Black Sheep" squadron headed by the colorful Gregory "Pappy" Boyington. Losch's record includes many hair-raising ground attack missions and at least one aerial victory. After the war, Losch built a successful construction supply business in Los Angeles before retiring to Fallbrook.
Both men have strongly supported FFCAP, Wilson said. Rossi and Losch were inducted by the FFCAPark during a simple ceremony at the Air Park's viewing common. Highlight of the ceremony was a fly-by of a P-40 Warhawk and an F4U Corsair, as flown by Rossi and Losch during World War II. Both airplanes were supplied by the Planes of Fame museum in Chino, Calif. The P-40 was flown by John Hinton; the F4U by John Maloney. Because both airplanes are fitted with jump seats and FFCAP members Mike Smith and Bonnie Wills were along for the ride.
For more information on the group, contact Wilson at (760) 728-9062.

PHOTO: Fred Losch, left, and Dick Rossi, right, stand by their hall of fame plaques at the Fallbrook Air Park. The pair are the first inductees to the Fallbrook Aviation Hall of Fame.