Flying Tigers Mascot

SOWELA adopted the mascot of the Flying Tigers in 2012. The Flying Tigers nickname originated from the 1st American Volunteer Group of the Chinese Air Force in 1941-1942 and was composed of pilots from the United States Army Air Corps, Navy, and Marine Corps, recruited under presidential authority and commanded by Claire Lee Chennault. The shark-faced nose art of the Flying Tigers remains among the most recognizable images of any individual combat aircraft or combat unit of World War II.