Files and images about the American Volunteer Group commanded by Claire Chennault. The AVG Flying Tigers defended Burma and China with their shark-faced P-40 Tomahawks in the opening months of the Pacific War, December 1941 - July 1942.

in Rangoon Any Flying Tiger veteran would recognize this street, with the pretty Sule Pagoda in the distance, near the Rangoon waterfront and and their favorite watering hole at the Strand Hotel. The curious, U-shaped pedestrian overpass, however, is from another era. It was built in 1988 after an earlier protest against military dictatorship, so that troops could gather there and shoot young men and women as they marched down Sule Street and demanded a democratic government.

But in a delightful twist, the people of Rangoon occupied the overpass toward the end of February during another, larger, and I hope more successful protest against yet another military dictatorship. The photo is from The Irrawaddy, a powerful and presumably up-to-date source of news about Burma, which the generals renamed as Yanmar. European nations will presumably be silent for fear of offending China, which is fast becoming the world's new master. So a response, if any will be made, must come from Washington.

Update: Eighteen people were killed on Sunday, February 28, in Rangoon and other Burmese cities. Blue skies! -- Daniel Ford

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