Flying Tiger Line Service Inauguration Medal1955
FTL
Bronze

This medal's obverse bears a three-bladed propeller with sketched plane in center.

The reverse bears inscription: ★ / Commemorating / INAUGURATION / OF THE / FIRST ALL-FREIGHT AIR SERVICE / FOR MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL / September 15, 1955 / FLYING TIGER / LINE

The Flying Tiger Line was founded in 1945 by Robert W. Prescott and other former American Volunteer Group fighter pilots who had flown compat missions against the Japanese in China before the U.S. officially entered World War II. The company eventually hired Wayne Hoffman, a former railroad executive, under whose leadership the airline became the world's largest air cargo carrier. The company sufferd an economic decline in the 1980's and was eventually acquired by Fedex in 1989.

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