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  1. Burridge, Carol Ann

    PayPal is Now Available for Donations and Membership Dues

    For your convenience, PayPal is now available through the CAT Association Website!  Please feel free to use this service to make a donation or pay your membership dues.  Just click the PayPal logo below (or on the right column of the website) to go to our PayPal page.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Carol at catwebhelp@gmail.com.  
  2. Burridge, Carol Ann

    CNAC Exhibit at the SFO Airport Museum

    Don’t miss the CNAC Exhibit at the San Francisco Airport Museum!  The exhibit will be in the International Terminal (Departures – Level 3 – Pre-Security) from August 27, 2014 to February 6, 2015.   If you can’t get to SFO, you can visit the exhibit online at:   www.flysfo.com/museum/exhibitions                        
  3. Burridge, Carol Ann

    The Wall that Heals at UTD

    A traveling replica of the Veterans Memorial in Washington DC will be at the University of Texas at Dallas. The Wall That Heals honors all who served during the Vietnam War. The University of Texas at Dallas will display The Wall for four days and nights around the clock beginning sometime on Wednesday evening, November 19 and going through Sunday noon, November 23, 2104.  The Wall also has a traveling visitors center which provides an excellent history of the American men and women who served in Vietnam. There will be a public ceremony at 10:00am on Friday, November 21 (RSVP required): www.utdallas.edu/evites/wall/
  4. Burridge, Carol Ann

    Must read e-books by Dr. Joe Leeker

    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 http://www.utdallas.edu/library/specialcollections/hac/cataam/Leeker/aircraft/index.html 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 http://www.utdallas.edu/library/specialcollections/hac/cataam/Leeker/history/index.html 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...
  5. Burridge, Carol Ann

    Reunion 2013 . . . San Diego here we come!

    The 2013 CAT Association Reunion will be in San Diego, California! Wednesday, November 6 ~ Sunday, November 10, 2013 At the Town and Country Resort & Conference Center, 500 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, CA  92108 Don’t wait, make your reservations now! Call 800-772-8527, ask for “In-House Reservations” and specify the “Civil Air Transport” Rate The cut-off date is October 16 for this special rate.  The Room Rate $119 per night single or double occupancy plus tax, $10 per extra person. One night’s room deposit is required to hold your reservation.  Cancellations are accepted 72 hours prior to arrival.  This rate will be honored 3 days before and after based on availability. Parking is $3.00 per day at the resort. Airport Super Shuttle: 800-974-8885  www.supershuttle.com See you there!  
  6. Burridge, Carol Ann

    CAT Reunion 2012 in SF a Huge Success!

    THANK YOU to everyone who worked so hard on this year’s reunion…and many thanks as well to our distinguished guests and all of you who made the trip out to San Francisco to join the celebration!  A report and photographs will be published in the upcoming Bulletin.  If anyone has any photographs taken at the reunion that they would like to share on the website and possibly in the Bulletin (space permitting), please contact Carol at catwebhelp@gmail.com. The backdrop for our banquet was the Civil Air Transport (CAT) Exhibit a the SFO Museum, on view through April, 2013 – Curator John Hill and his staff mounted a wonderfully crafted exhibit paying tribute to the unique history of CAT through photographs, documents and a wide variety of items and memorabilia on loan from CAT Members and the University of Texas at Dallas.  A fascinating exhibit in a stunning venue, so if at all possible, please don’t miss it! During the banquet evening we were all moved by the debut of Monte and Klaire Markham’s poignant film “Faces & Voices of CAT”, which captured the heart and soul of General Chennault and the brave men and women he led.  This was a short film made especially for this event, and it has given us renewed inspiration to continue our fundraising efforts to allow Monte and Klaire to complete a full featured documentary film of CAT.  “Faces and Voices of CAT” will be mailed to members unable to attend the reunion and take a copy home (one copy per registration)....
  7. Burridge, Carol Ann

    CAT Website Up and Running!!

    Although there is yet much work to be done, we are happy to announce that the CAT website is up and running!  Since setting up User IDs and temporary passwords must be done one by one, we have set up accounts for those members who are attending the reunion first and all others will follow.  However, if we do not have an e-mail address for you, we can not set up your account and you will not be able to access the full website.  Please email us at catwebhelp@gmail.com if you would like to provide an e-mail address. Thank you!
  8. Burridge, Carol Ann

    CAT Reunion 2012

    REUNION 2012 in San Francisco! November 8 ~ November 11 Radisson Hotel Fisherman’s Wharf 250 Beach Street, San Francisco, CA 94133 CALL NOW FOR RESERVATIONS!! Reservations:  415-392-6700 (Mon. – Fri.) or 1-877-497-1212 (toll free). Ask for In-House Reservations and specify “CAT” Rate.  Cut-off date is October 17, 2012. Room Rate $115 per night single or double occupancy + taxes / $10 for extra person. Cancellations 72 hours prior to arrival. This rate will be honored 3 days before and after, based on availability. Parking $30 + tax per day (24-hour period). Problems? Call Pat at 512-258-5288 / 512-923-4460. SPECIAL EVENT: San Francisco Airport Aviation Museum 2012 Civil Air Transport Exhibit ~ Grand Opening Saturday Night


Join us this fall for our 2024 reunion in the Seattle, WA area.  See your latest Bulletin or eNewsletter or go to happenings for more information.

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Civil Air Transport (CAT) was an airline founded by Lt. General Claire Lee Chennault, leader of the Flying Tigers, and Whiting Willauer of China Defense Supplies at the conclusion of World War II.  Most of the pilots were former Tigers or other combat pilots from the Asian Theatre.  For the next four decades, CAT, and then its successor, Air America, were primary instruments of American foreign policy in Asia.
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