A P-40B taxis out for take off at Kunming Airfield, Yunnan Province, 1941. A P-40E circles overhead, providing cover while his wingman gets airborne. Kunming was the Headquarters of the American Volunteer Group (AVG), better known as the Flying Tigers. The Tigers were a motley crew of American Mercenaries hired to defend China from the Japanese. This small, intrepid band of aviators kept the Empire of Japan from invading and occupying Yunnan Province. Their tenacity and bravery in facing superior numbers with obsolete aircraft was warmly remembered by the people of Kunming, even through the Cultural Revolution, when all things American were reviled by the Communist government. Indeed, there are many in Kunming who remember the Tigers with great fondness. This drawing and several others were done during 2004 -2007 when I was teaching in Kunming.