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Next Reunion: May 29 ~ June 2, 2019
The 2019 CAT Reunion will be in Washington DC, joining the Air America Reunion! Registration information and full agenda will be available on the AAM Website, and in an upcoming CAT eNewsletter. Full details about the reunion will also be included in our next Bulletin. Meanwhile, please make your hotel and travel reservations!
Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel
900 S. Orme Street, Arlington, VA 22204
Toll-Free Reservations: (800) 325-3535
Use Group Code: Air America Association or AE25AA
Room Rate is $119.00, which includes 10% off on Potomac Restaurant Breakfast (Buffet Only). This special room rate is good through April 29 at 5:00 pm EST. Reservations can be canceled the day prior to arrival by 4:00 pm Eastern Standard Time.
Wednesday, May 29:
Reunion Registration opens at Noon
Private Group Tour of Arlington Cemetery
The evening is open
Thursday, May 30:
National Air & Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
DC @ Dusk Tour
Friday, May 31:
“Air America Declassified” Symposium at the National Press Club
Potomac River Cruise Aboard the “Cherry Blossom”
Saturday, June 1:
AAM Business Meeting
CAT Lunch, and Wreath laying for General Chennault at Arlington Cemetery
Dinner Banquet with entertainment & dancing
(CAT Business Meeting and EMC Meeting, dates and times TBD.)
It will be a great reunion – the first with Cynthia as our President! What a wonderful opportunity for us to visit General Chennault and Anna’s graves and pay our respects.
If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Lloyd Coleman at [email protected] or 562-706-7186.
CAT Reunion 2018 was held in celebration of our Chairman Felix Smith’s long (100 years) and remarkable life. The reunion took place in his hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin from October 4 to 7. A reunion report will be available in the next issue of our Bulletin. Logged in members can view our most recent CAT BULLETINS.
CAT joined Air America for our 2107 reunion. The reunion was held in Minneapolis, MN from May 31 to June 4, 2017. The Air America Association put together a fun-filled reunion, which included special events with the Hmong community in Minneapolis. Members can see photos from this reunion and many others in our CAT GALLERIES. Please log in to view them. If you have any difficulties, feel free to contact Carol at [email protected].
2016 CAT Association Reunion – Dallas/Richardson, Texas
We all had a great time in Dallas! A full report is included in the most recent Bulletin which was published at the end of January. Logged in members can view it at CAT BULLETINS. Members can see photos from this reunion and many others in our CAT GALLERIES. Please log in to view them. If you have any difficulties, feel free to contact Carol at [email protected].
On November 15, 2013, the Southern Museum of Flight, in Birmingham, debuted “The Shadow Gallery, The Art of Intelligence,” featuring 16 fine art reproductions of 18 original paintings that hang at CIA headquarters. Formerly classified historical events, spanning WWII, the Cold War and the War on Terror, are depicted in the artworks. Members can read more about this exhibit in an article by Jeff Bass in the CAT Bulletin.
Dr. Joe Leeker has published two fascinating e-books, “The Aircraft of Air America”, and “The History of Air America”. Professor Leeker worked extensively with the University of Texas at Dallas in researching and writing these e-books. Anyone interested in CAT/Air America History would enjoy these reads.
The Aircraft of Air America (e-book)
by: Dr. Joe F. Leeker
This e-book lists the individual history of all aircraft ever operated by Air America including all known accidents. As the “birth date” of Air America was 31 March 1959, CAT aircraft are only dealt with if they still existed after that date. Files of interest to readers of the CAT Association are those about the Bell 47, Goose, B-26, C-47, C-46, PBY, B-17, C-54, DC-6, and the Jets.
The History of Air America (e-book)
by: Dr. Joe F. Leeker
This e-book tries to give a detailed history of Air America and its predecessor Civil Air Transport. It starts with 2 files about CAT operations in Mainland China, then deals with several aspects of CAT operations on Taiwan (structure, scheduled and charter flights, work for the US Government), then presents CAT operations “in remote countries” like New Zealand, Guatemala or Indonesia, and finally deals with operations that began at the times of CAT and still existed at the times of Air America like the Technical Services Division at Tainan, operations out of Japan (including CAT during the Korean War), operations run out of Kadena and Clark Air Bases and missions to Tibet flown by CAT and later Air America.