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The CIA Chronicles, John Lear’s Vietnam War Secret Missions

The ATS MIX Team has been waiting to do this show with their good friend John Lear for quite awhile now. Inspired by their Military.Com fan base who expressed an interest about the Air America / Continental Air Services, Inc. days of the CIA secret missions during the war in Vietnam, Dave and Johnny cornered their good friend to get his candid and uncensored story of this particular time in his life as a pilot for the CIA.

John Lear was a pilot for Continental Air Services, Inc. (CASI), a Subsidiary of Continental Air Lines which was in existence from 1965 to 1975. It was formed in April 1965 by Continental Airlines at the suggestion of the United States Government. The objective was to provide a "less visible" air transport alternative to the CIA associated “Air America” for the growing Laotian support. Continental Air Services, Inc. (CASI) became operational in September 1965. Their pilots provided contract air support to Unites States Government activities. Continental Air Services, Inc. Ceased operations in 1975. 32 years later, John and his fellow CASI pilots and crew would finally get their just recognition.

ATS Mix interview at AboveTopSecret.com
Length: 95:26; file: atsmix_2768.mp3; size: 44737k; feed: atsmix 

Continental Air Services, Inc.

Air America
 

John Lear on final approach to the most secret CIA base in Laos, Longtieng
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Laos Skyline
John Lear dropping ammo and supplies to the troops
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General Vang Pao and John Lear. General Vang Pao led the 
Hmong soldiers with the CIA and United States troops in Laos
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Here are my 8 passports. I always carried 2 because some countries hold your passport on entry.
If you have to make an escape you always have a backup passport
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John Lear and Air Sinai Boeing 707 in Rome
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Mystery Crew: Here is a story about my flights in the Saudi Gazette:
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John Lear and “The Mystery Crew” of Continental Air Services, Inc
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Rome with Air Sinai
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Here is my Congressional commendation for my flights with CASI.
I flew 560 missions in Laos of which about half were combat
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Here is a logbook entry for my Budapest-Mogadishu flights
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Here is a page from the flights in Laos. December 14, 1972 is when I got shot down Note the entry.
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This is a photo of Long Tieng where I flew out of. It was the most secret CIA base in Southeast Asia
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With Bob Moberg USDEA Chiang Mai
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Kabul Afghanistan with 2 friends
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Saana North Yemen
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Gen. Vang Pao CIA strongman in LAOS
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My Bud G. Gordon Liddy
"I came across a photo of me and Robert Booth Nichols in my den probably just after 911 but I can't remember exactly. I believe that we are sharing a Cognac and discussing the lunar atmosphere" - John
 
John with Robert Booth Nichols
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