ANGRY TIGER: The Story of the Flying Tiger Line by Frank Cameron

ANGRY TIGER: The Story of the Flying Tiger Line

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If the problems of starting up a new air freight transport line are of interest to the general reader, this book doesn't prove it. Much of it reads like left-over Fortune copy a wise editor thought too dead to animate. Author Cameron, though, finds much of his material ""pulse-stirring"", so much so that he ends his history of the tribulations of a cargo line ""to be continued"". In the face of this unhappy prospect, it's best to be summary here. Robert Prescott, a Texan who flew for Chennault with the famed Flying Tigers, organized and became president of his own air freight company in 1945. It was the first of the wildcat airlines, but also one of the most substantial because of its fleet's size and its backing. The company also carried the aura of the Tigers (as did its pilots) which in 1945 had glamor value. What it didn't have was a Civil Aeronautics Board certificate for scheduled flight service. It soon found itself embattled with mighty American Airlines in a price war which saw the death of many independent companies. The Tigers, however, were singled out as a group which would fly any freight anywhere, and has since hauled varieties of freight other companies ignored. Today it operates globally and has a new fleet of turboprops which have swing-away tails for rapid loading operations.

Pub Date: Nov. 13th, 1963
Publisher: McGraw-Hill