Museum of Flight Lecture Profiles CIA’s Taiwanese Air Force Spy Program Sept. 8

. August 31, 2012 . 0 Comments

The Museum of Flight

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

SEATTLE – 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.

The Museum of Flight is located at 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle, Exit 158 off Interstate 5 on Boeing Field half-way between downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport. The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $17 for adults, $14 for seniors 65 and older, $13 for active military, $9 for youth 5 to 17, and free for children under 5. Group rates are available. Admission on the first Thursday of the month is free from 5 to 9 p.m. courtesy of Wells Fargo.

For general Museum information, please call 206-764-5720 or visit

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