811.2310/6–1446: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Chile (Bowers)


310. War Dept with concurrence of State Dept is at request of Chilean Military Attaché39 here ferrying to Chile 42 planes included interim arms program. These planes will be assigned to US military air mission for training and subsequently sold to Chilean Govt as surplus at prices established here. Delivery will extend over a few months.

Military Attaché40 has been requested to ask you to obtain necessary permission from Chilean Govt for entry of these planes, also permission for temporary presence US officer to control flights. Blanket permission is sought to facilitate movement of planes, but Chilean Govt will of course be notified of arrivals.

Unless you perceive objection please request permission desired by War Dept.

  1. Col. Ernesto Medina.
  2. Brig. Gen. Joseph P. Cleland.