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     Kunming has a long history related with the Flying Tigers. The Flying Tigers was born and developed in Kunming, where the first combat took place and Japanese plane was first shot down by tigers. It is the Flying Tigers fought against Japan’s aggression, and stopped long-time air attacks over Kunming. The people of Kunming will never forget these pilots who once helped them through a rough period. Stories about the Flying Tigers are still popular in Kunming and will be recounted generation by generation.
     The Flying Tigers museum started to construct in 2009. Because of the limited historical pictures and materials, the construction was blocked. From 2010 to 2012, with the help of Anna Chennault, wife of Chennault, Pedro Chen, an honorary citizen of Kunming in US, and people from abroad and home, the museum got over 2000 artifacts of the Flying Tigers.
     Kunming Flying Tigers museum originally chose to build in an old building of Beijing Road. The building was built in Republic of China era. However the metro construction resulted in the wall cracking, KMFT museum moves to Kunming Museum temporally. After the old building is repaired, it will move back.
     KMFT museum opened its door in December 2012. There are not Flying Tigers memorial hall before in Kunming. The exhibit “Tigers in the Sky” has 6 parts telling the whole story. They are “Flying Tigers Spread Their Wings”, “Arduous Struggle”, “Embracing Victory”, “The Hump”, “Making Achievements with Joint Efforts”, and “General Chennault”. The exhibit presents a complete legendary story of the Flying Tigers via many a precious pictures and artifacts, and in order to commemorate Sino-US friendship.
     Kunming Flying Tigers Museum is at No.93 Tuodong Road. It opens from Monday to Sunday for free.

 
 
 
 
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