A look at the Black Bat Squadron of the 1950s and 1960s


SEATTLE, Aug. 30, 2012--On Sept. 8, aviation historian Li Wang will deliver a fascinating presentation about The Republic of China Air Force 34th Squadron - the Black Bat Squadron - that flew missions deep into China under the cover of darkness to collect electronic intelligence data for the CIA during the 1950s and 1960s. The Taiwanese crews flew a variety of aircraft, including the PB4Y-2 Privateer, B-17 Flying Fortress, P2V-7U Neptune, P-3A and C-123. Despite the risky nature of these reconnaissance missions, the planes were unarmed. If engaged by adversaries, the Black Bats' only defenses were their sharp piloting skills and the electronic countermeasures equipment on board. The 2 p.m. program is free with admission to the Museum.


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