China-U.S. Highlights: The Maiden Flight From China To the U.S.

Editor’s note: This year marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and China. The years cannot tell you the story without photo and video recordings. The photo exhibition “Trans-Pacific Exchange and Cooperation” has officially opened at the Shanghai Municipal Archives, Bund Branch(Number 9, NO 2 East Zhongshan Road). The exhibition will last until August 15. More than 300 carefully selected photos highlight the cooperation and exchange between Shanghai and the US. We will select some of the archived photos and tell you the story behind them. Let us understand the history, center on the present, and look to the future.


According to the aviation agreement between the two countries, the maiden flight from China to the United States with a stopover in Shanghai took off on January 7, 1981.


On January 7, 1981, the Civil Aviation Administration of China held a press conference at the Beijing Capital International Airport. It gave a briefing on preparations for the opening of air service between the two countries and celebrated the event. At 10:00 local time, the maiden flight from China touched down at San Francisco International Airport. San Francisco Mayor Dianne Feinstein was at the airport to greet the flight, and she said that the opening of air service between the U.S. and China turns the vast Pacific Ocean into a river. The maiden flight symbolized the launch of air service between the two countries and also indicated that China’s long-distance flight capability reached a new level.


Source: SPAFFC
Pics: Courtesy to organizer