Artifacts

Civil Air Transport Wicker Basket

Artifact Details

Promotional handouts and regular commercial flights helped disguise CAT as a normal airline.

In August 1950, the CIA secretly purchased the assets of Civil Air Transport (CAT), an airline that had been started in China after World War II by Gen. Claire L. Chennault and Whiting Willauer. CAT would continue to fly commercial routes throughout Asia, acting in every way as a privately owned commercial airline. At the same time, under the corporate guise of CAT Incorporated, it provided airplanes and crews for secret intelligence operations.

These baskets were promotional handouts for CAT travelers.

Artifact Specs

33 cm x 23 cm x 13.5 cm
(L x W x H)

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