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    CIA Related Airlines - Americas Other War.

    These are my absolute favorite items. Early employee badges/pins for Civil Air Transport -- which eventually became Air America, Inc. (sort of).
    Badges accompanied a paper ID.

    The ID here comes from the legendary M.D. "Doc" Johnson:

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    Back side of ID and Pin


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      #3
      Here's the lowest ID Badge I've Seen - #104

      This one must date from about 1947 or so -- right after formation of CAT or CNRRA Air Transport as it was originally named.



      Last edited by ppsh41; 05-02-2009, 09:33 PM.
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        #4
        Here's a mid-range one - Late 1940's - #600


        Last edited by ppsh41; 05-02-2009, 09:33 PM.
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          #5
          A very late CAT ID - #6289



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            #6
            One from 1954 - check the employee #3720

            Exhibiting growth in the airline business!
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              #7
              Wow! Incredible items! I only knew the two later variations of the CAT logo. Thanks for sharing!

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                #8
                Agreed,


                fascinating items. Thanks for the posts of such unique items of the period.





                Patrick.

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                  #9
                  yes very nice, i have never seen them before.

                  Alex

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                    #10
                    Thanks for taking the time in starting this thread. When did the Civil Air Transport change over to Air America? And how long where these pins were used?

                    Great thread so far...
                    Somebody, after all, had to make a start. What we wrote and said is also believed by many others. They just don't dare express themselves as we did. Quote - Sophie Scholl - White Rose resistance group

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                      #11
                      how were the pins used?, was it like a pass to get on secure airfields, were they worn on the flight jackets?

                      Alex

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                        #12
                        ID Pins

                        Funny thing - no one I've ever communicated with remembers wearing the pins - they were just given them with the ID cards!

                        Long story, but CAT, Inc. turned into Air America in 1959.
                        CAT stayed CAT flying passenger service until the final crash/end.
                        Tom
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                          Thanks Tom...good information...
                          Somebody, after all, had to make a start. What we wrote and said is also believed by many others. They just don't dare express themselves as we did. Quote - Sophie Scholl - White Rose resistance group

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                            #14
                            WOW, I never actually saw the pins before. An exc book about the history of civil air transport was written in the 80s as I recall. I got very much into this when collecting dien bien phu stuff as CAT was hugely involved with resupply flying boxcars mostly.

                            the Leary book:

                            http://www.amazon.com/Perilous-Missi.../dp/0817353402

                            An exc. write-up about Earthquake Mcgoon is in the Hell in a very small place book

                            Chris

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                              Continental Air Services, Inc.

                              Yes - Continental Airlines - check the logo! More later - this is just a tease.

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