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Foreign Relations of the United States, 1961–1963
Volume XXI, Africa, Document 99


99. Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in Benghazi, Libya11. Source: Department of State, Central Files, 773.5/10-1962. Confidential. Drafted by Post on October 18; cleared by Jones, Junkermann (DOD), Wolf, and Mossler; and approved by Newsom. Also sent to Tripoli and repeated to Paris for USCINCEUR.

79. Following based on uncleared memcons. In October 16 talk with President on military aid, Crown Prince and Defense Minister expressed hope US would assist Libya to establish nucleus of Libyan Air Force, MOD listing following as basic requirements: two fighters, two transports, and one helicopter. President promised speak to Secretary McNamara to see what could be done.

Subsequent to this discussion, pertinent USG agencies agreed inform Libyans of following as basis for US assistance to nucleus Libyan Air Force:

1. In addition equipment already programmed (two T-33 jet trainers), US to supply one C-47 in 1963 and, in period 1964 to 1968, two additional T-33 trainers and five additional C-47 transports. Aircraft to be accompanied by qualified flight instructors, maintenance and supply personnel.

2. Personnel to be provided to advise and assist in establishing Libyan Air Force and in working out long-range plans.

3. Facilities and training assistance to be made available at Wheelus.

4. Discussions to be initiated leading to joint US-Libyan utilization of Wheelus as envisioned in Base Agreement.

Summary of first point was conveyed by the President to both Crown Prince and Defense Minister at lunch October 17. President indicated further details would be forthcoming through Ambassador Jones. Libyans seemed pleased and satisfied this aspect of talks.

Rusk

1 Source: Department of State, Central Files, 773.5/10-1962. Confidential. Drafted by Post on October 18; cleared by Jones, Junkermann (DOD), Wolf, and Mossler; and approved by Newsom. Also sent to Tripoli and repeated to Paris for USCINCEUR.