Museum of Flight Lecture – Secret CIA Flights from Taiwan Revealed

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On Sept. 1 the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington will present the story of how CIA pilots of the Republic of China Air Force (Taiwan) “Black Bat Squadron” flew a daring nighttime mission to deploy secret surveillance equipment near a Chinese nuclear weapons base in 1969.

Members of the Black Cats Squadron, the 34th Squadron of the Republic of China Air Force, arrayed in front of an all-black painted Boeing B-17. These men, all citizens of Taiwan, flew on then tightly secret CIA-organized missions over the Chinese mainland to conduct a variety of surveillance operations. (photo via Museum of Flight)

The Black Cats squadron emblem (via Wikipedia)

Aviation historian Li Wang, Art Winn (son of Black Bat Officer Jim Winn) and Black Cat veteran Tsoming Ho will discuss the planning and execution of this epic clandestine operation known as Heavy Tea. Lt. Col. Heng-Chih Lin, Liaison Officer of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office will provide a special introduction to the talk. The 2 p.m. presentation is free with Museum admission.


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