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Flying Tigers Colors

Sat Mar 13, 2004 3:39 pm

Hey guys,

Just a question here, but would any of you guys happen to know what the federal spec or FS numbers of the colors of the paint that where used on the flying tigers aircraft where?


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RE: Flying Tigers Colors

Sat Mar 13, 2004 3:50 pm

Damn, I used to love those planes  Crying
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RE: Flying Tigers Colors

Sun Mar 14, 2004 12:14 am

Yeah, they used to come through Cold Bay when I was a kid.

Just the DC-8's though.

I wonder if I should post this question in tech/ops also.
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RE: Flying Tigers Colors

Sun Mar 14, 2004 1:19 am

I also miss Flying Tigers, they used to come to Curaçao for a fuel stop on their way to South America. I always went to the airport as soon as I could see them pass over our house. Fying Tigers was the only airline that operated the 747 to Curaçao so often. KLM also operated the 747 to Curaçao but not as much as Flying Tigers would. On occasion Flying Tigers had some cargo destined for Curaçao. Their aircraft (747 & DC-8) always parked next to the private aircraft with their noses pointed to the sea. It was always nice to see as that aircraft parking place was in front of the outdoor viewing terrace in the nice hot Caribbean sun  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

I miss Flying Tigers too. The last evidence I saw of Flying Tigers was in 1996 when I had my internship at KLM Cargo at Schiphol. There was a 747-200F parked in front of the KLM cargo terminal. That aircraft was still wearing partial Flying Tiger colors with Federal Express titles.

Another nice airline of the '80's, Flying Tigers.....

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RE: Flying Tigers Colors

Sun Mar 14, 2004 1:23 am

Was Flying Tigers a cargo airline? And why aren't they flying today?
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RE: Flying Tigers Colors

Sun Mar 14, 2004 9:22 am

Yanksn4:

Flying Tigers was the world's largest cargo airline. (Though they operated passenger charters as well - mostly MAC - for the entire 47 years of their existence) Flying Tigers was purchased by Federal Express in 1989.

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RE: Flying Tigers Colors

Sun Mar 14, 2004 9:33 am

Flying Tigers was a cargo airline. They did operate passenger charters with their DC-8s. They did a lot of military charters especially during the Viet Nam war. In 1981 they started a passenger airline called Metro International which operated 3 ex Singapore Airlines 747-200s. It did not do well and in 1983 it was sold to Tower Travel and was reformed as Tower Air. Flying Tigers was bought by Federal Express in late 1988.
 
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RE: Flying Tigers Colors

Sun Mar 14, 2004 6:08 pm

Flying Tigers went to FedEx... yes... FedEx wanted their routes to Asia...
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So the Flying Tigers managament lost their jobs.
They started another airline with the business contacts they had in Asia...
The founded Polar Air Cargo... look at Polar's tail emblem... obviously...
And their radio call sign "Polar Tiger"...!
FeDex was not too happy about it...
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Polar, is a much different airline than Flying Tigers was, but the spirit of Tigers did remain.
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RE: Flying Tigers Colors

Sun Mar 14, 2004 6:19 pm

Well thanks guys,

Managed to get the answer from former Tiger Vern Moldrem no less.

If you want a truely book about the Flying Tiger Line, his is the one to get......Tiger Tales.

Anyway if anybody cares the federal standard colors that where used on the aircraft in 1983 where Red=5153 Blue=5163 White=5113.


I understand the guys that founded Polar tired to get the rights to the tiger name but Fred Smith gave them the finger.

Still I don't see the cult like follow behind Polar, that existed amoungst the Tigers employees. Especially after Polar was bought out by Atlas
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