The Black Bats: CIA Spy Flights Over China From Taiwan 1951-1969

June 14, 2010 // 4:00pm5:30pm
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History and Public Policy Program
Asia Program

The history of CIA-sponsored intelligence flights flown over China by Taiwanese pilots is one of the last unexplored frontiers in the history of Cold War aerial intelligence. Drawing upon US and Taiwanese archival documents and oral history interviews with participants, Chris Pocock will discuss the heretofore untold story of the Black Bat Squadron. Intelligence historian and former Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar Mark Stout will provide commentary.

Chris Pocock is a British writer and consultant specializing in aerospace, defense, intelligence and air logistics. He is currently the defense editor of Aviation International News and the European editor of Cargo Facts. He is the author of a number of books on aerial intelligence including the definitive 50 Years of the U-2 and most recently, with Clarence Fu, The Black Bats: CIA Spy Flights over China from Taiwan 1951-1969.

Mark Stout teaches at Johns Hopkins University's Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and is a former Wilson Center public policy scholar. A veteran of several U.S. intelligence organizations, He is currently writing a book on the creation of the modern US intelligence community. He is the author of numerous articles and books dealing with intelligence, terrorism, and foreign policy.

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