Title: Perilous Missions: Civil Air Transport and ...
Publisher: Univ of Alabama Pr, University, AL
Publication Date: 1984
Binding: Hard Coveer
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+
Edition: First Edition
281pp/illus/maps. The growth of the CIA's "air Force began with theKorean War. The CIA used CAT ti dekuver weaoibs to anti-Communist elements in Burma, make numerous overflights of China in support of guerrilla, carry operatives between secret bases throughout the Far East, and provide secure airlift for other clandestine missions. Clean. Bookseller Inventory # 007069
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.
About the Author: 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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