Cai Yanwei spent five years as head of a team of pilots responsible for keeping Mao Zedong and other Chinese leaders safe in the air. Photo: Simon Song

Mao Zedong’s ex-pilot reveals all about Chinese leader’s two left feet and love of a hard bed

  • Cai Yanwei came from the sort of family that faced persecution during the Cultural Revolution, but his skill as a flier kept him alive
  • As head of a hand-picked team, 92-year-old spent six years flying China’s ruling elite wherever they wanted to go
Topic |   China military

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Cai Yanwei spent five years as head of a team of pilots responsible for keeping Mao Zedong and other Chinese leaders safe in the air. Photo: Simon Song
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