Hurlburt Field in Okaloosa County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Bird Air Memorial
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 (sic, Penh) after it was cut off and isolated
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.
Erected by by the Hurlburt Field Memorial Air Park Council.
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • Military • War, Vietnam. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1975.
Location. 30° 24.871′ N, 86° 42.006′ W. Marker is in Hurlburt Field, Florida, in Okaloosa County. Memorial can be reached from Oneal Avenue. Located at the Hurlburt Field Memorial Air Park and access to the base is restricted. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 315 Independence Road, Hurlburt Field FL 32544, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Montagnard Memorial (here, next to this marker); Hmong Special Guerrilla Units (here, next to this marker); Air America Memorial Airman First Class John Lee Levitow (a few steps from this marker); C-47 Sky Train (a few steps from this marker); Spooky (a few steps from this marker); In Honor of The American Gold Star Mothers (a few steps from this marker); Medal of Honor Recipients (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hurlburt Field.
Also see . . .
1. Photograph of article in the New York Times of the Bird Air airlift. (Submitted on November 19, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Wikipedia article on Bird Air. (Submitted on November 19, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 13, 2018. It was originally submitted on November 19, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 256 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 19, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.