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

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

by William M. Leary
     
 

ISBN-10: 0817353402

ISBN-13: 9780817353407

Pub. Date: 01/08/2006

Publisher: University of Alabama Press

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780817353407
Publisher:
University of Alabama Press
Publication date:
01/08/2006
Edition description:
2
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
986,386
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface,
Prologue,
Chapter 1: Origins of CAT,
Chapter 2: CNRRA Air Transport,
Chapter 3: CAT and Civil War,
Chapter 4: Siege of Taiyuan,
Chapter 5: The Chennault Plan,
Chapter 6: OPC and CAT,
Chapter 7: The CIA Buys and Airline,
Chapter 8: The Korean War,
Chapter 9: Covert Operations,
Chapter 10: Managerial Turmoil,
Chapter 11: French Indochina,
Chapter 12: A New Regime,
Chapter 13: Dienbienphu,
Chapter 14: End of an Era,
Conclusion,
Epilogue,
Appendix A: Operating Statistics, January 1947 to November 1949,
Appendix B: The Panzer Notes,
Appendix C: Airdrops at Dienbienphu, March 13 to May 7, 1954,
Appendix D: Equipment List, February 1954,
Notes,
Glossary,
Bibliography,
Index,

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