Tigers with Wings

Here’s an old saying from the Humans of India – “Do not blame God for having created the tiger, but thank Him for not having given it wings”

I know few tigers with wings.  Be thankful they were on our side.

Our good friends at Purr n Fur UK have a whole collection of stories about cats who bravely hopped into the cockpits of the first airplanes that joined the war effort.  Like the intrepid Pyro, who hid in the flight jacket of WWII British military photographer, Bob Bird.  More than just a joy-riding cat, Pyro returned the favor by warming his Human’s hands during their top secret flights.  Pyro also kept his furry little head and did not freak out when the plane had to crash land in the icy Atlantic ocean. He just stayed in the jacket and kept Mr. Bird’s hands warm while they awaited rescue.  It took his Human two weeks in the hospital to recover from the frostbite and doctors later told Mr. Bird that Pyro had saved his fingers.

Also in WWII, Sinbad flew in a P-47 Thunderbolt with American flying ace Colonel Fred Christensen in his many missions to shoot down Nazis warplanes. A black stray, Sinbad worked fast to dispel some troublesome myths about unlucky black cats and scardy-cats in general.  He loved flying with the Colonel on all 107 missions against the German Luftwaffe, especially the dangerous exchange where Colonel Christensen managed to shoot down six planes in span of two minutes.  

When the Colonel landed his airplane after yet another successful air battle and hopped out with Sinbad on his shoulder, the whole crew cheered.

Sinbad was the good luck charm of the entire Wolfpack crew, especially when they noticed that if Sinbad played with or took a nap on someone’s parachute gear, that pilot came home safe.

In the end, Sinbad undid yet another myth – the one about women being unfit to serve in military –  when “he” went home after the war and had kittens.

Good job Flying Tigers! Be sure to buzz over my house soon and give me a ride.  I’ll be waiting in my tree for you to come.
thanks to the Boston Globe, Wikimedia Commons and Purr-n-Fur UK for the deets on these stories.

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