Paul and Lavon Laube

April 26, 2007


This is definitely a recount of the 1982 CNAC reunion trip to China. We traveled throughout the 3 weeks with the Laube's, . . . . Paul, Lavon and their son, Ed. I recognize these descriptions of events and there's no question it describes that reunion trip. It was a great trip, all in all.

We flew into the Kaitak Airport in 1982 when we were back in China and Hong Kong for the 1982 CNAC reunion. I remember the "thrill" of landing on this runway. Now that I'm learning to fly, I'm really impressed with any pilot who lands on this runway with a load of passengers. Wow!

The trip to China in Oct., 1982 was set up by a tour company, supposedly to be a CNAC reunion trip, but it was ultimately opened up to non-CNAC folks too. The tour company set up at least 3 different tours of China, all leaving at the same time, but each tour went to different Chinese cities. After approximately two weeks of touring the country, the plan was for all three groups to rendezvous for a trip across the Hump in one chartered airplane and then to spend one day in Calcutta together. The whole group then traveled together to Bangkok, as I recall, and then on to Hong Kong where everyone split up before returning to the U.S. There were only a couple of days where the CNAC members from all three groups stayed together. During those couple of days, we enjoyed several reunion banquets as one group. The Laubes traveled with our group for the whole trip, but other than Chuck West, Dad and the Laubes, there weren't any other CNAC members in our group. We didn't meet up with the other CNAC members until the rendezvous in Canton where we boarded the plane for the flight across the Hump.

Eileen McBride
(daughter of CNAC Captain Don McBride)

The following photos have been provided by Sid Moore in Tyalgum Australia, AKA "Hawk".
Thanks Hawk - Tom

(If you can add any information for captions to these photos, please let the CNAC Web Editor, Tom Moore know.)

left to right, front row
Dick Rossi, Eddie Wu, Sid "Hawk" Moore, Robbie Roberts
back row
Bill Maher, Carey Bowles and Bob Rengo

left to right
Dick Rossi, Eddie Wu, Bill Maher, Robbie Roberts, Carey Bowles, Sid "Hawk" Moore and Bob Rengo

Sid "Hawk" Moore and Chuck Older
From Lydia Rossi:
"This was taken in Kweilin at the start of the Burma Road,
I think the sign is saying something about it.
Kweilin lake is in background."

left to right
Dave Majors, Chuck Older, Bill Maher, Carey Bowles, Robbie Roberts, Dick Rossi and Bob Rengo

left to right
Dave Majors, Chuck Older, Bil Maher, Carey Bowles, Robbie Roberts, Dick Rossi and Bob Rengo
Woman in front is Cynthia Bowles

left to right
Chuck Older, Hawk Moore, Dick Rossi, Robbie Roberts, Bob Rengo and Dave Majors

left to right
Lloyd Bird, Dick Rossi, Ms. McDonald, Moose Moss
Hong Kong Farewell

Chuck Older and Dick Rossi
#1 Hostel in Kunming

Hawk Moore in A-2 jacket
#1 Hostel in Kunming

Hawk Moore in A-2 jacket
In the Forbidden City
In the background in the light colored jacket is Jackie-O.
For real -- just ask Lydia Rossi.

The old strip on the island at Chungking

The old strip on the island at Chungking

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