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Check out the online photo albums of our nearly annual VIP China tour as well as albums depicting the Flying Tigers Historical Organization, the Flying Tigers Guilin Heritage Park and Museum, and the Re-enactment HUMP Flight - as well as Larry's special United Airlines Retirement Flight (2+ hours with friends and family in a B747-400 in 2001) among others:
Click on http://China9a.SmugMug.com + use current Password of “ FeiHu “ (Chinese Pinyin for “Flying Tiger”) to “Unlock Site” and then Enter as a guest (Note this is NOT a Login – shown in far upper right corner - which is only for me). Then click on “LET ME IN” – which will lead you to many to albums … under which are many more sub-albums, folders, and galleries to explore.
Armchair tour of the new Flying Tigers
Heritage Park & Museum of Guilin
The following site features 360° views and tours of the Flying Tigers Heritage Park & Museum of Guilin: http://www.expoon.com/20237/
First, it should load and open automatically; but if not, click on the round icon to enter the site and then let it load up.
Look for the translucent white circle with 4 squares at the bottom left to display the lineup of the videos and click on it. However, if you do nothing, it will proceed to play each 360° tour in order, advancing automatically. You can click on #7 where the actual park and museum tours begin in order to start the automatic viewing from there and bypass the first 6 aerial drone views of Guilin city and Linghui County.
You can cancel the music and/or pause the movement by the two icons in the lower right-hand side. You can also go full-screen by clicking on the set of 4 outward-pointing arrows on the far right near the top.
The first 6 in the lineup are aerial drone views of overviews of the Guilin and Linghui County areas, in my opinion. You can click on #7 and then let it work its way through all the rest automatically since the actual park & museum tours begin with #7 and continue through the end (#28).
Each 360° tour segment has yellow arrows to lead you to the next views (and red arrows lead you back out) IF you want to control the action instead of letting the automatic viewing function instead. Clicking on a red light bulb gives you a drop-down menu with photos beneath the verbiage.
There are 4 drop-down tabs at the top right. The first one includes still photos from the park and museum. The other 3 are articles written in Chinese.
Note - on the first park & museum tour video (#7) - of the entrance - you will see 2 small blue & white open book icons - click on each to see the brochure and pamphlet (the resolution is poor and NOT very readable) - turn the pages as indicated. The hours of operation are found on the back of the brochure but it does not specify which days might be closed. China has made all museums free for their citizens but many are closed on Mondays and holidays. So far this museum appears to be free admittance for everyone and it is getting a LOT of interest and traffic by local residents, tourists and school groups.
There are still many articles and artifacts to be added. The site only scratches the surface of the many wonderful sights outside and in, nor can it include the many wonderful audio/visual aids throughout (old newsreels, interviews, animated dioramas, etc.), nor can you get a proper tour of Gen. Claire Chennault's HQ and Command Cave - a restoration project that the Flying Tigers Historical Organization is still trying to fund-raise for in order to show it in its proper, more-original WW II appearance when it was in full use. One must see this park, museum and cave in person to truly appreciate the honor and tribute paid by the outstanding efforts of the people of Linghui County and Guilin, China.
Below are images of the exterior plans for the mostly glass building to be built to house "Buzz Buggy" and believe they will relocate the WW II HUMP Flight history and the story of Buzz Buggy from the 3rd floor of the museum to the new building once it is finished. They have already begin construction and hope to open and dedicate it on our March 19 thru April 6, 2019 tour.
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Please CLICK HERE to view a .pdf copy of the HUMP Reenactment Flight.
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This page last updated 10/13/2018
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