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Air America

Air America Challenge Coin

During the Vietnam War, Air America, a CIA proprietary airline, flew a variety of missions in the Far East. These missions ranged from undercover CIA operations to overt air transportation. The Republic of Vietnam and various US Government agencies contracted with Air America.

 

Air America China

During the Vietnam War, Air America, a CIA proprietary airline, flew a variety of missions in the Far East. These missions ranged from undercover CIA operations to overt air transportation. The Republic of Vietnam and various US Government agencies contracted with Air America.

This Noritake china (Pattern No. 3/458) was used in the Air America mess hall in Udorn, Thailand. A service included this dinner plate as well as a small plate, coffee cup, and saucer.

 

Air America Formal Pilot Hat

During the Vietnam War, Air America, a CIA proprietary airline, flew a variety of missions in the Far East. These missions ranged from undercover CIA operations to overt air transportation. The Republic of Vietnam and various US Government agencies contracted with Air America.

This hat was part of the official formal uniform for Air America pilots.

 

Air America Pilot Cap

During the Vietnam War, Air America, a CIA proprietary airline, flew a variety of missions in the Far East. These missions ranged from undercover CIA operations to overt air transportation. The Republic of Vietnam and various US Government agencies contracted with Air America.

Because of the tropical climate, Air America pilots favored comfortable attire – shirt, shorts, and a baseball cap – rather than their official uniforms.

 

Saigon Evacuation Facilities Map

Even though the Vietnam War ended in defeat for the US and its ally South Vietnam, many Americans distinguished themselves on the field of battle.  Among them were the crews of the CIA’s covert air arm, Air America.

By early 1975, the US had prepared for a possible evacuation from Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam, then under threat from the North Vietnamese Army. The plan that emerged, FREQUENT WIND, was the last gasp of American involvement in the war. It is not well known that the CIA and Air America were fully integrated into the plan and that Air America, with its can-do spirit and willingness to take risks, played a pivotal role in the evacuation.

This map identifies the locations of the CIA’s 14 emergency assembly sites in Saigon.


Saigon Evacuation Instructions

Even though the Vietnam War ended in defeat for the US and its ally South Vietnam, many Americans distinguished themselves on the field of battle.  Among them were the crews of the CIA’s covert air arm, Air America.

By early 1975, the US had prepared for a possible evacuation from Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam, then under threat from the North Vietnamese Army. The plan that emerged, FREQUENT WIND, was the last gasp of American involvement in the war. It is not well known that the CIA and Air America were fully integrated into the plan and that Air America, with its can-do spirit and willingness to take risks, played a pivotal role in the evacuation.

US personnel were instructed to monitor the American Radio Service for a message to report to their designated assembly points for evacuation from Saigon.


Saigon Evacuation List of Assembly Point

Even though the Vietnam War ended in defeat for the US and its ally South Vietnam, many Americans distinguished themselves on the field of battle. Among them were the crews of the CIA’s covert air arm, Air America.

By early 1975, the US had prepared for a possible evacuation from Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam, then under threat from the North Vietnamese Army. The plan that emerged, FREQUENT WIND, was the last gasp of American involvement in the war. It is not well known that the CIA and Air America were fully integrated into the plan and that Air America, with its can-do spirit and willingness to take risks, played a pivotal role in the evacuation.

In April 1975, the CIA designated 14 assembly points in Saigon for the emergency evacuation of key personnel.


Posted: Jul 23, 2012 09:04 AM
Last Updated: Jul 23, 2012 09:04 AM