My interest in the landscape of China pre-dates my interest in flight simulation. My godmother, a member of the China Inland Mission, taught in the Lushan area after World War II (more on that at my blogspot â€“ see the link below). I keep trying new flightsims in China over areas I have seen photographs of previously. Try, for example, a flight from Chongqingâ€™s Jiangbei airport west to Xichang Qingshan airport, preferably in early morning light.
What I know about Chinese aviation falls into two periods; that prior to the establishment of the Peopleâ€™s Democratic Republic and its modern civil aviation. There are now virtual airlines for China and Hong Kong (including Virtual Air China and Virtual China Southern) that fly to a lot of cities domestically as well as international destinations.
In the early history, of course, there are the marvelous stories of the â€˜Flying Tigersâ€™, the volunteer air force in 1941-2; the India to China airlift in World War II we call â€˜Flying The Humpâ€™ and stories about flights into the old Kai Tak airport in Hong Kong. If you havenâ€™t flown Dave Gunlachâ€™s adventure over the Himalayas (hump10.zip in the library) I recommend it to you.
What is missing, of course, are stories of aviation in the â€˜closedâ€™ period of Communist China rule. I havenâ€™t read yet James Fallowâ€™s China Airborne or Lennartâ€™s now rare and very expensive A History of Chinese Aviation - Encyclopedia of Aircraft and Aviation in China Until 1949 but suspect they concentrate more on aircraft and aviation industry evolution than the stories for simulation that I like.
Hopefully some of these â€“ I am sure they must exist â€“ will be placed on the internet someday; if you know of any, let me know!
Edited by allanj12