Billy McDonald grew up hearing stories about flying and about his father’s experiences in China, and as an adult, he was stunned to discover front-page stories about his career. After five years of research and another year working with his co-author, Barbara Evenson, to create the final book, author McDonald has immersed himself in the history of aviation in Alabama and in China during the 1930s and 40s, as well as the experience of Americans in China during that era.
Since completing The Shadow Tiger, McDonald has presented his father’s story to dozens of organizations including Rotary and Kiwanis clubs, WW2 organizations, book clubs, airshows, The National WWII Museum in New Orleans and to the AAHS chapter at the Smithsonian. Thanks to the Smithsonian, his fathers 30,000 papers will be on the internet for all to view. He spent three weeks in China meeting with multiple museums that showcase the history of American flyers with the Flying Tigers and the China National Aviation Corporation. McDonald currently serves on the board of CNAC Heritage fund and the Southern Museum of Flight.