Air America

In 1951, the parent company of Air America's forerunner, Civil Air Transport (CAT), was reorganized. The owner, Claire Lee Chennault (of Flying Tigers fame), was approached by the CIA, who bought out the company through the American Airdale Corporation, a holding company based in Delaware, a state that has long had favorable incorporation laws. Under this agreement, CAT was allowed to keep its initials and the company was reorganized as Civil Air Transport, Inc. On 7 October 1957, American Airdale was reorganized to add another layer of obfuscation to its ownership. The new Pacific Corporation became a holding company for:

- Air America
- Air Asia Company
- Bird and Sons (>Bird Air)
- Civil Air Transport
- Intermountain Aviation
- Robinson Brothers
- Southern Air Transport

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