Perilous Missions: Civil Air Transport and CIA Covert Operations in Asia

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University of Alabama Press, 2006年1月8日 - 281 頁
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Civil Air Transport (CAT), founded in China after World War II by Claire Chennault and Whiting Willauer, was initially a commercial carrier specializing in air freight. Its role quickly changed as CAT became first a paramilitary adjunct of the Nationalist Chinese Air Force, then the CIA's secret "air force" in Korea, then "the most shot-at airline in the world" in French Indochina, and eventually becoming reorganized as Air America at the height of the Vietnam War. William M. Leary's detailed operational history of CAT sets the story in the perspective of Asian and Cold War geopolitics and shows how CAT allowed the CIA to operate with a level of flexibility and secrecy that it would not have attained through normal military or commercial air transportation.

 

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Prologue
1
Origins of CAT
3
CNRRA Air Transport
22
CAT and Civil War
38
Siege of Taiyuan
54
The Chennault Plan
67
OPC and CAT
84
The CIA Buys and Airline
100
Dienbienphu
180
End of an Era
195
Conclusion
209
Epilogue
211
Operating Statistics January 1947 to November 1949
214
The Panzer Notes
216
Airdrops at Dienbienphu March 13 to May 7 1954
217
Equipment List February 1954
218

The Korean War
113
Covert Operations
127
Managerial Turmoil
144
French Indochina
156
A New Regime
169
Notes
225
Glossary
260
Bibliography
263
Index
272
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William M. Leary is E. Merton Coulter Professor Emeritus at the University of Georgia and author/editor of 14 books, including Under Ice: Waldo Lyon and the Development of the Arctic Submarine and Project Coldfeet: Secret Mission to a Soviet Ice Station.

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