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paladin
02-21-2010, 11:57 AM
The Central Intelligence Agency and the University of Texas at Dallas present a joint symposium at the University of Texas at Dallas. Th symposium -- the culmination of a decade-long effort to declassify and publicly release thousands of formerly classified documents -- provides scholarly discussion on Air America’s rescue efforts based on original source documents, many of which are being made available for the first time for this special event. The symposium will reunite downed U.S. pilots, Air Force and CIA survivors from Lima Site 85 with the airmen who rescued them, and feature a panel of pilots and government officials who were intimately involved in the evacuation of Da Nang and Saigon in the final months and days of the Vietnam War. The symposium, together with declassified documents, will uniquely highlight Air America’s invaluable contributions to the rescue and recovery of Americans during the Vietnam War. Attendees at this event will receive a special booklet and DVD containing pictures, declassified documents, and videos. Register for conference HERE.
Airmen’s Bond
When President Kennedy decided in 1961 to forcefully resist rising communist aggression against the remote but strategically located Kingdom of Laos the CIA -- and its proprietary airline, Air America -- were ready. Flying in a mountainous land-locked country with few roads, continually shifting weather conditions, and virtually no navigational aids, Air America crews routinely conducted hazardous resupply missions to hundreds of government outposts. This aerial lifeline provided essential assistance to Royal Lao and U.S.-directed forces battling North Vietnamese and Pathet Lao communist troops.
Air America crews became expert in the terrain and unique flying conditions of Laos, but they were not immune to enemy ground fire and the perils of being shot down over enemy-controlled territory. They soon created their own search and rescue (SAR) force, comprised of UH-34D helicopters and T-28D attack aircraft, and began to respond to their own emergencies. As more U.S. military aircraft began flying missions over Laos (and later over North Vietnam) Air America took on the prime responsibility for rescuing all downed U.S. aviators. In 1964-1965, when the U.S. military had few SAR aircraft in the region, Air America rescued 21 American pilots.
Although the U.S. Air Force did not continue to publish further statistics on Air America rescues and the CIA never tracked such data, anecdotal information suggests that Air America air crews saved scores and scores of American military airmen. They did so for their fellow flyers and for their country, often at great personal risk

Phillip Allen
02-21-2010, 12:04 PM
I suppose the left doesn't want to acknowledge that one of their golden boys was ever envolved in the same things they like to do the Bush-Bash Tango over