Guide to the Fred Walker Papers
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Fred Walker worked as a pilot for General Claire L. Chennault’s Civil Air Transport (CAT) from 1949-1950 returning to CAT in 1953. He flew sorties out of Haiphong and Hanoi, Vietnam to support the French during the battle of Dien Bien Phu. Starting in the 1960s, Walker assumed administrative duties for Air America, Inc. in Laos and Thailand in the position as the Manager Flying Department (MFD). There he supervised and directed the activities of about 1600 pilots. During this time, he played a crucial role in building the Air America’s Laotian operation. On April 29, 1975, during the Fall of Saigon which forced Air America to leave Southeast Asia, Capt. Fred Walker flew the final scheduled fixed wing flight out of Saigon for Air America in a Douglas C-47.
This is a guide to materials in The Fred Walker Papers housed in the History of Aviation Collection, Special Collections Department, The University of Texas at Dallas.