About The Author

Alan Armstrong is an aviation lawyer in Atlanta. He is listed in Martindale Hubbell's publication of Preeminent Lawyers. Alan has spoken frequently on topics of aviation law to pilots and aviation groups. He has testified before the House Aviation Subcommittee and conducted a mock trial at Sun-N-Fun. A commercial pilot with flight instructor privileges, Alan has flown a number of vintage aircraft. Along with two other pilots, Alan owns and flies a replica Nakajima B5N2 Kate bomber, and he is a pilot in the Dixie Wing of the Commemorative Air Force. The replica Kate bomber was built for  and flown in the 20th Century Fox film, "Tora! Tora! Tora!" More details on that aircraft may be found at www.japanesebomber.com.

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Alan's passion for flying and aviation history led him to investigate one of the more intriguing and obscure chapters of American military history, the formation of the American Volunteer Group (AVG) or Flying Tigers. Around 2001, Tom Pandolfi, an AVG historian and collector of artifacts, gave Alan a collection of papers which were found in a desk at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola. As he studied the documents which had been marked "secret" or "confidential," Alan began to put the pieces of the puzzle together in terms of the formation of the AVG and Chennault's ambitions in forming his guerilla air force for China at a time when America was supposedly neutral in the Sino-Japanese War. Documents obtained from the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library confirmed plans underway to bomb Japan before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. After coming to the realization that America did have an offensive strategy for Japan using China as our agent in a war with Japan, Alan wrote his manuscript discussed on the second page of this website. 

Many weekends, you will find Alan flying the replica Nakajima Kate bomber at air shows or working on the Kate at the Dixie Wing of the Commemorative Air Force. For the pilots visiting this site, Alan wrote a short article entitled "What Is It Like to Fly the Kate." That article appears below.  

Several Articles by Alan Armstrong may be viewed below:

  • What Is It Like to Fly the Kate?
  • A Trip to Andrews AFB for the Joint Services Open House 2005
  • Flying at Duxford
  • Getting Time in a Texan
  • Learning to Fly Warbirds in Formation
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