The Internet links from the Air America web site to other web sites are provided because they have a relationship to our people, operations, places and/or events associated with Air America. Air America was crafted by the Central Intelligence Agency to serve as an instrument of American foreign policy and therefore has a place in American history. The members of the Air America Association may not agree individually or as a group, or in whole or in part, with the views expressed in the linked web sites. The links are offered to anyone interested in American history and foreign policies related to Air America operations in Southeast Asia.
Global Gazetteer - Use this resource to look up the coordinates of any city or village
Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University, Map Resources
-- Wartime Gazeteers: Find Latitude/Longitude Coordinates for Southeast Asia
-- Find U.S. Military Grid Zone Coordinates
-- Vietnam Center and Archive TTU Map Search Database - Search using location name, logitude and latitude, grid coordinates, etc.
General Information Links:
A-1 Skyraider Site The A-1 Skyraider was a powerful single engine attack airplane capable of carrying an extreme load. Many Air America crewmembers owe their life to the heroic actions of the pilots who flew the "Spad." This web site tells their story.
Able Dogs Site dedicated to Navy and Marine Corps aviators who flew all models of the Douglas AD Skyraider.
Air Commandos Home Page This site represents an organization formed during the Vietnam War by Air Force personnel who served in Jungle Jim, 4400 CCTS, and Air Commando units from all wars. It includes Special Operations Units, Speical Air Warfare Center, Combat Applications Groups, Project 404, Raven FACS, Combat Control Team, and all members who served with units equipped with various aircraft. The Air Commandos were affiliated with Air America during special project operations. The site is filled with ACA history and information about their reunions and membership.
Air America Brats. (Link currently broken) Leigh Coleman Hotujec is the daughter of Ben Coleman. Captain Coleman was killed in Laos while attempting to bring in emergency medical supplies to an outlying outpost. Leigh's mission is to unfold the truth about Air America. Leigh is also instrumental in promoting the membership of 2nd generation dependents into the Air America Association. This is her personal web site.
Aircraft of Air America by Joe Leeker The following database is the result of many years of research, especially done at the Air America Archives at McDermott Library, University of Texas at Dallas. All information contained in the sections entitled "Types of missions flown," "Statistics," and "The individual aircraft histories" as well as the photos are exclusively based on archival material, mostly preserved at the Air America Archives. Additional information came from the USAF Aircraft Assignment Records preserved at the USAF Historical Research Agency at Maxwell AFB, the records of the Director General of Civil Aviation of the Republic of China at Taipei, and other archives. This resource was compiled by Dr. Joe Leeker.
Area 51 Special Projects We are the CIA, Air Force and CIA contractors who developed the U-2 and A-12 spy planes at Area 51 in Nevada.
Armed Forces Reading Lists. (link currently broken) Under one virtual roof, we have compiled the recommended reading lists for all branches of the United States Military.
C-130 Hercules Headquarters (link currently broken) This site is dedicated to all those who flew and operated the C-130 Hercules. Air America operated the C-130 extensively in Laos.
CAT/Air America Archive (link currently broken) Air America was actively involved with the war in Laos and Vietnam. Facts that may historians have overlooked. Proof of that involvement can be obtained at the CAT/Air America Archives held at the University of Texas at Dallas. The site provides a brief outline of what is contained there and who donated the materials.
Civil Air Transport Fleet Images Site (link currently broken)
Dien Bien Phu This is a wonderful site managed by a wheelchair bound teenager in France. It recounts the history of the Dien Bien Phu battle (Indo-China, 1953-54). Opened on the occasion of the 45th Anniversary Commemoration of the combats end. It is dedicated to all the combatants who participated in that tragic battle so that these soldiers would not be "doomed to oblivion". This site has been selected for Top Gun 2000 and Maximilian would like you to vote for him.
EMU Inc. A link to the 135th Assault Helicopter Company, as well as to all Vietnam era Assault Helicopter Companies and Air Calvary Troops.
ExReps.com This is an online community for Tech Reps, Ex Reps, their families and friends. It focuses on the experiences of those who worked and lived abroad as Tech Reps, Expatriates, Adventurers, World Travelers, Globe Trotters, and job-shoppers.
Flight-History (link currently broken) This site is dedicated to capturing aviation history. The archives feature a growing collection of photographs, stories and aircraft specifications. The site includes the aviation artwork of several artists.
Flying in Laos (link currently broken) Richard Rhodes has created a fascinating web page regarding the war in Southeast Asia.
Flying Midshipmen Association Association and site dedicated to US Navy Aviator Midshipmen who served between 1946 and 1951.
The History of Air America 2nd edition of 4 March 2013, by Dr. Joe Leeker.
Military Affiliate Radio System (MARS) (link currently broken)This site supplies year round MARS relays morale and welfare messages to and from US Service members worldwide and this free service is especially popular during Holidays. MARS is a Department of Defense sponsored activity regulated in DoD Directive 4650.2 and other military publications.
Pigs Flew at Air America John Deakin was a pilot with Air America. He left Air America and went to work for Japan Air Airlines. He is a feature writer for AVWEB. This is a very interesting and entertaining story. The address above only reflects one page. The user name is allencates. The password is flynow. Place it as shown exactly. The Avweb page has many interesting articles and information for aviation enthusiasts. To see all of the information go to http://www.avweb.com and join.
Raven FACs During the course of American history, there have been many covert military operations. None, however, reached the scope of intensity of the war in Laos during the Vietnam era. The bacbone of this war were the Raven-Forward Air Controllers (FACS) who flew small, slow propeller driven airplanes. The mission of the Raven was to support indigenous forces in Laos in their fight against invading forces from North Vietnam. This page talks about their history and their valor.
Roadrunners Internationale Preserving the history of the aviation pioneers and programs that developed the U-2, A-12 and YF-12 during the Cold War.
Rudd's Classic Airliners This site has many interesting photographs of DC-3's, C46's, and other aircraft.
Sky Link CIA Laos Web site (link currently broken)
Taiwan Vets Association A patch is available for those that qualify from the Taiwan Vets Association.
Terry Wofford Aviation Artist A link to Terry's website showing her artwork. Terry is the wife of Bob Wofford.
TLC Brotherhood The Brotherhood stretched from across Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. We were civilians, military (all branches of service). We were pilots, mechanics, cooks, navigators, weathermen, drivers, security police, and more. We were on or over the front line, and we were the support personnel who made it possible.
USAF 8th Aerial Port Squadron, Mobility Operations Branch This website honors the members of the USAF 8th Aerial Port Squadron headquartered in Ton Son Nhut, Saigon, and is the basis for the newly established Mobility Air Lift Command.
USMC/Vietnam Helicopter Associations A site dedicated to helicopter pilots and aircrew from the Vietnam War. This site has a category for Air America photos in the "Visions of Vietnam" section under the Air America category.
Vietnam Archive at Texas Tech University The Vietnam Archive at TTU is dedicated to preserving the records of the Wars in Southeast Asia from the perspectives of the men and women who served there. The archive collects any and all materials related to the wars and is eager to receive materials that can be displayed in our museum, which should be constructed within the next five years. In addition to physical collections, the Archive is also engaged in an Oral History Project in order to preserve the personal memories and recollections of the men and women who served throughout Southeast Asia.
Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Assocaition This site is an on line museum honoring Vietnam helicopter pilots. The site focuses on images and artifacts of the helicopter war in Southeast Asia.
Vietnam Veterans Home Page (link currently broken) Bill McBride maintains this site. Its purpose is to honor Vietnam Veterans, living and dead, who served their country on either side of the conflict. Its mission is to provide an interactive, on-line forum for Vietnam Veterans and their families and friends to exchange information, stories, poems, songs, art, pictures and experiences in any publishable form.
World War II Videos (link currently broken) This is a site that has many documentaries available about WWII including the Flying Tigers.