"Men on the Flying Trapeze" USAF Aerial Demonstration teams


USAF Aerial Demonstration Teams "Men on the Flying Trapeze"

"Men on the Flying Trapeze," organized in 1932 at the Air Corps Tactical School at Maxwell Field, Alabama, flew P-12 pursuit aircraft until the team disbanded in 1936. From left, Lt. W.C. McDonald, Jr., Capt. Claire L. Chennault, and Lt. John H. Williamson, each of whom went to China early in WWII and served with the Flying Tigers.

Not in photo was team member Lt. Haywood S. Hansell, Jr., who in 1944 and early 1945 commanded the 21st Bomber Command during the B-29 bombing campaign against Japan. The trophy was one presented to the team during the All-American Air Races at Miami, Florida in 1935.