'Black Bats'-CIA Connection Emerges During the Cold War, a group of Taiwanese pilots ran highly dangerous intelligence missions against mainland China with the help of the CIA. The Bats painted their planes black and flew only at night, a former crew member recalls.
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'Black Bats'-CIA Connection Emerges

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'Black Bat' crew members pose in front of one of their characteristically black patrol bombers in 1959. AP Photo/Courtesy Lee Chong-shan hide caption

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'Black Bat' crew members pose in front of one of their characteristically black patrol bombers in 1959.

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Lee Chong-shan was a Black Bat electronic countermeasures officer. Anthony Kuhn, NPR hide caption

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In recent years, both the U.S. and Taiwanese governments have declassified information about their military intelligence cooperation during the Cold War.

From this information has emerged the story of the Black Bats, a group of Taiwanese pilots who ran highly dangerous intelligence missions against Mainland China with the help of the CIA.