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  1. Carol Burridge

    Delayed Bulletin – Las Vegas Reunion Photos – Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! CAT Members: The Holiday rush and unforeseen circumstances have delayed the release of the Bulletin until the end of January. Meanwhile, please log in to our website and enjoy photos from the fabulous Las Vegas Reunion posted in the CAT GALLERIES (www.catassociation.org/members/cat-galleries).  Note: you must be logged in to view these restricted pages.  If you have any issues, contact Carol at catwebhelp@gmail.com.
  2. Carol Burridge

    We’re going to Las Vegas!

    CAT Reunion 2015 ~ October 21-25 in Las Vegas! We are excited to announce Harrah’s Resort, Las Vegas as our reunion venue for 2015. The Reunion committee has worked hard to find a hotel that meets all of our needs, and we think you will be thrilled with Harrah’s Resort, Las Vegas! Harrah’s is right at the heart of the most fabulous city on earth! The resort includes more than 2,500 beautiful guestrooms and suites, 86,664 square feet of casino space, seven outstanding restaurants, a sparkling outdoor swimming pool, a luxurious spa, state-of-the-art health club, a unique variety of retail options and, of course, the entertainment you would expect from a Vegas resort destination such as Harrah’s. The guestrooms, the CAT Hospitality Suite, and the Hotel’s many restaurants, amenities, and entertainment are all located close to each other and are easy to navigate. It’s going to be a reunion to remember, and we sincerely hope you can join us! For inspiration and more information, click: CAT Reunion at Harrah’s to view a flyer (in pdf format) that Lloyd Coleman put together to tell you more about his go-to resort in Vegas! You can also click on the Las Vegas photo above to go directly to the homepage of Harrah’s website. Please make your hotel reservations as soon as possible! IMPORTANT NOTE: It is best to reserve your CAT blocked room(s) via direct reservation web link: https://resweb.passkey.com/go/SHCIV5, since there is a $15 booking fee added to reservations made by telephone (888-458-8471)....
  3. Rosbert, Bob

    CATs over Shanghai

    Final draft of my art painting project on the arrival over Shanghai of the 3 CAT C-46s Felix Smith was instrumental in describing how the three aircraft zig-zagged across Shanghai as he leaned out the access door of one of the aircraft taking photographs. One of the resulting photographs was the famous picture included in Felix’s books and on the cover of the Pictoral History of the Civil Air Transport (by Joe Rosbert). I expect to have the project completed by the 2014 reunion in Dallas. I will also have copies printed and available at the reunion. Indicate if you are interest by adding a comment to this posting.
  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!  


Join us this fall for our 2024 reunion in the Seattle, WA area.  Stay tuned for details!  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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