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Historic Presentation Night

June 5 @ 7:30 pm 9:00 pm

Civil Air Transport

Wednesday, June 5
7:30 PM EST (Doors open at 6:30)

$10 per Person: non-members
FREE: Museum members with registration

Civil Air Transport was an airline formed by General Claire Chennault (of Flying Tiger fame) and Whiting Willauer in China in the aftermath of World War II. Initially flying United Nations relief supplies into the war-ravaged interior of China using surplus C-46 and C-47 aircraft, it began flying troops, ammunition, and supplies in support of the Chinese Nationalists under Chiang Kai-Shek as the Chinese Civil War (1945 – 49) with the Chinese Communists under Mao Tse-tung intensified, earning the moniker “the World’s Most Shot at Airline.” With the defeat of the Nationalists, CAT relocated to Taiwan with Chaing Kai-shek’s government. 

With the outbreak of the Cold War, the CIA secretly acquired CAT in 1950 to undertake clandestine missions in support of friendly forces, initially in China and later throughout the Far East and then the world. At the same time as CAT crews were undertaking these clandestine missions on behalf of the CIA during the 1950s and 1960s, CAT continued scheduled passenger flights throughout the Far East and in time became known as “the CIA’s Secret Airline” as well as “Asia’s Airline of Distinction.”

Speakers: Maj. Gen. Bill Chen, Ret | Bruce Bigony, Esq | Col. Colin Lampard, Ret.




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