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AIR AMERICA: CURTISS C-46s - The University of Texas at Dallas

AIR AMERICA: CURTISS C-46s - The University of Texas at Dallas

Memorandum

Memorandum dated 20 April 61, sent by George Doole to Amos Hiatt (in: UTD/Bisson/B5, microfilm reel 4) Curtiss C-46D N9894Z 32942 31 March 61 ex Southern Air Transport and 44-77546 Service history: bought by Air America‟s and Air Asia‟s Managing Director George Doole from Southern Air Transport on 31 March 61 (Memorandum dated 20 April 61, sent by Managing Director George Doole to the Treasurer Amos Hiatt (in: UTD/Bisson/B5 microfilm reel 4) as a replacement aircraft for use during the Bay of Pigs operation Fate: offered for sale to Los Hermanos Sebastian and Gómez on 4 April 61 (Letter dated 4 April 61, sent by Air Asia‟s Amos Hiatt to Los Hermanos Sebastian y Gómez (in: UTD/Bisson/B5 microfilm reel 4) and sold to them; possibly the contact person with Los Hermanos was Jaime Camargo, reportedly, the aircraft was registered as AN-AMG for a few weeks in March/April 61, but officially not taken up (Davis/Martin/Whittle, The Curtiss C-46, p.89); believed to be the C-46 that was destroyed in Nicaragua in the summer of 1961 (Letter dated 4 January 1987 sent by Connie Seigrist to Bill Leary, p.2, preserved at: UTD/Leary/I B9F16).

Curtiss C-46D B-918 33451 1 Nov. 61 HP-314P (Los Hermanos Sebastian y Gómez), canx. 24 October 61; probably “887” in the Bay of Pigs operation; prev. N9895Z (Jaime Camargo) and USAF 44-78055 Service history: the identity of this aircraft is given as “1887” in all Air Asia / Air America papers; in two Los Hermanos documents, this C-46 is referred to as “Serial No.44-78055 MSG 1887”; Air Asia evidently thought that “MSG” meant “MSN”, but The two Los Hermanos documents referring to C-46D “Serial No. 44-78055 MSG 1887”: Bill of Sale to Air Asia dated 1 November 1961 and Letter to Air Asia dated 20 November 61 (both documents preserved in: UTD/Bisson/B5, microfilm reel no. 4) it probably stood for the pseudo-Guatemalan military serial painted on the aircraft during the Bay of Pigs operation; B-918 was issued on 9 October 61, just for the ferry flight from Miami to Taiwan (Notification no. AN-2-50-1372 dated 9 October 61 of the CAA, Taiwan, in: UTD/Bisson/B5, microfilm reel no. 4); Bill of Sale from Los Hermanos to Air Asia dated 1 November 61 (in: UTD/Bisson/B5 microfilm reel 4); was to leave the United States on or about 12 October 61 (Memorandum by Jerry Fink of 11 October 61, in: UTD/Fink/B2F15); definitely regd. to Air Asia as B-918 on 8 December 61 (Notification no. AN-2-50-1645 dated 8 December 61 of the CAA, Taiwan, in: UTD/Bisson/B5, microfilm reel no. 4); leased to Air America from Air Asia; reg. B-918 was cancelled on 10 April 63 (Letter dated 30 April 63, in: UTD/Bisson/B5, reel 4).

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