Bird Air Memorial Historical

Bird Air Memorial Historical (HM1VS2)

Location: Hurlburt Field, FL 32544 Okaloosa County
Country: United States of America

N 30° 24.871', W 86° 42.006'

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  William Bird founded Bird Air in 1960 to support Special Operations Forces stationed in Southeast Asia. From 1960 until US withdrawal in April 1975, Bird Air and is complement of brave and skillful pilots flew many overt and covert missions in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand. The CIA sponsored some operations, but many of these missions supported American special operators involved in the Vietnam War.

  Between 1963 and 1965, Bird's aircrews supported Hmong tribesman fighting in Laos and flew missions with the Royal Laotian Army. These missions earned Bird's pilots the respect of these fierce operatives working as US allies.

  In 1965, Bird's pilots and crews flew their most notable mission, the Cambodian Airlift operation. Their chief objective was to resupply Phnom Phen after it was cut off and isolated by enemy forces. Many planes and crew members were lost in this mission.

  Today William Bird and the members of his crack airlift company are regarded as legendary figures. Their fearless knack for flying
into the most perilous mission "any time...any place" is a hallmark of Special Operations aviation history.
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HM NumberHM1VS2
Placed ByBy the Hurlburt Field Memorial Air Park Council
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, November 19th, 2016 at 1:03pm PST -08:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 528803 N 3364756
Decimal Degrees30.41451667, -86.70010000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 24.871', W 86° 42.006'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 24' 52.26" N, 86° 42' 0.36" W
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Area Code(s)850
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Oneal Ave, Hurlburt Field FL 32544, US
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