Months before Pearl Harbor, Dick Rossi gave up his commission as a U.S. naval aviator to fly P-40s over Asia. He joined the First Pursuit (Adam and Eve) Squadron of Chennault's American Volunteer Group — which became known to history as the Flying Tigers. When the Tigers stopped flying in 1942, Dick flew more than 700 missions "over the hump" from India to China in C-46s and -47s . After the war he helped fellow AVG Ace Bob Prescott establish the Flying Tiger Line, which flew "anything, anytime, anywhere" until FedEx bought the line in the late '80s. In this month's Profile, AVweb's Joe Godfrey talks with Dick about his 25,000+ hours and 60 years of flying.
By Joe Godfrey
, Photographs courtesy of Dick and Lydia Rossi. | October 5, 2000