893.796/321: Telegram

The Chargé in China ( Vincent ) to the Secretary of State

607. Bond tells me that he has been approached with proposal that CNAC make available a number of its pilots to “check out” (training given co-pilots until they are familiar with routes and flying and landing conditions) new pilots for RAF18 planes to be operated out of Chungking, Kweilin and Lanchow. He understands that transport planes will be used and surmises that British plan to make up for deficiency of CNAC planes on interior Chinese routes. He has been told however that reason behind contemplated RAF operation is probably political.

Bond is leaving in few days for Washington. With reference to Department’s 422, March 30, midnight, he says that CNAC has prospect of receiving a few additional planes for its passenger service.

  1. Royal Air Force.