Flying Tiger Line
The Flying Tiger Line was also known as Flying Tigers, a cargo and freight airline. Founded in 1945 by 10 former World War II veterans of the Flying Tigers. The airline was first called National Skyway Freight. Later in 1949, the Civil Aeronautics Board awarded Flying Tiger Line the very first commercial air cargo route in the United States. Flying Tigers joined the jet-age in 1965 with 4 Boeing 707 jets and later were sold upon the arrival of the DC-8. The airline took delivery of its first Boeing 747 in 1974. Flying Tigers was purchased by Federal Express in 1988 and absorbed through 1989.