Nothing has been revealed regarding the early history of the criminal known as the Flying Tiger. It is known that he was originally a professional football player whose career was somehow suddenly cut short. He somehow developed the costumed identity of Flying Tiger, using a costume that granted him the ability to fly.
The Flying Tiger embarked on a mercenary career, and he was first ordered to kill the original Spider-Woman. Although he was initially successful in defeating her, she healed and a later scuffle ended in the Tiger's defeat. Later excursions brought him into conflict with the Fantastic Four, and Iron Man (James Rhodes). In the latter encounter, the Flying Tiger was hired to kidnap businessman Regis Fusskey by his rivals. Fusskey had hired James Rhodes as a pilot and bodyguard, and Rhodes saved Fusskey's life from the Flying Tiger, finally defeating him as Iron Man.
More recently, the Flying Tiger was contacted by the Crimson Cowl to join her version of the Masters of Evil. The Flying Tiger remained with the team throughout its existence, often clashing with the Black Widow and the Thunderbolts. Ultimately, the Thunderbolts thwarted the villain's master plan to blackmail the world with a weather-altering device, and the Flying Tiger was among those criminals remanded to policy custody.