Southern Air Transport Captain Wing 3rd Issue
Capt. Ray Arnold collection
Miami, Florida 1947-1998
There were two Southern Air Transports. This is the second airline by that name. It is best known as a front company for the Central Intelligence Agency. It was founded in 1947 and became a subsidiary of the CIA's airline proprietary network, the Pacific Corporation. SAT's Pacific Division supported the US war effort in Southeast Asia. According to the Miami Herald, the CIA bought Southern Air Transport in 1960. In 1973, the CIA sold the airline to Stanley G. Williams, who had fronted as president of the firm. In 1976, SAT continued to support US covert activities in El Savador, Nicargua, Angola and elsewhere. The airline declined during the late 1990s but continued to operate freight charter flights worldwide. The Airline filed for bankruptcy on October 1, 1998. On March 10, 1999, the assets of Southern Air Transport were purchased by Southern Air (see).