Recently, Wang Lan, former secretary of the Party Committee of the Academy of Chinese Paintings, Ministry of Culture and Tourism, donated the objects used by her husband before his death to the National Museum of China. Her husband was comrade Wang Jisan, who was one of the first bomber pilots trained in China
Wang Jisan, born in Lingyuan of Liaoning, once participated in the Liaoxi-Shenyang Battle, Beiping-Tianjin Battle and the War to Resist U.S. Aggression and Aid Korea successively. He was among the first group of all-weather bomber pilots and senior commander in air fighting cultivated at enormous costs despite the great economic difficulty after newly-founded People’s Republic of China.
In the grand military parade to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the PRC, he flew the Bomber-5 over the Tian'anmen Square to receive the review of the state leaders. He was once chosen as the ace all-weather pilot and senior commander of the air force. Later, he was transferred to the air command of the Military Commission of the CPC Central Committee serving as the chief of the Bombing Section, vice chief of the air force command post, and deputy director of the Operational Department in succession. In 2007, comrade Wang Jisan passed away due to illness at the age of 80. His military exploits were included in the historical record of the air force and the national military file.
The National Museum of China is China's supreme establishment that collects, researches, displays and interprets China's fine traditional culture, revolutionary culture and advanced socialist culture. The donation made by Wang Lan this time includes several objects like the leather flying suit worn by comrade Wang Jisan, the parachutist’s knife he wore on his body, his flight log, and the log for political work on the flight day. These objects are important evidence reflecting the training, flight, and operation of the air force of China during the period of 1950s and ’60s. They are of high value in historical research and collection. Furthermore, they have enriched the collection in the military category of NMC and can serve as strong material evidence for future relevant exhibitions.