183. Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in Jordan 1

131. Inform King immediately we examining feasibility sending flight US military aircraft over Jordan tomorrow morning, including West Bank, Amman, and North Jordan.2 Planes would enter Jordan from North and intended as demonstration support in light information re possible developments tomorrow passed to King [less than 1 line of source text not declassified]. Please ask King take necessary steps preclude fire on aircraft by Jordanian forces.3

  1. Source: Department of State, Central Files, 785.00/7–1658. Top Secret; Niact; [distribution indicator not declassified]. Drafted in INR by Cumming and cleared in NEA by Berry, in C by Reinhardt, and by the Secretary in substance.
  2. Telegram 35 to Tel Aviv, July 16, instructed the Embassy to inform the Israeli Government of this flight and to add that the United States presumed that Israel would have no objection. (Ibid.)
  3. Wright reported at 7 a.m. on July 17, in telegram 138 from Amman, that he had conveyed the message in telegram 131 to Amman to Hussein and Rifai “both of whom directed me express their deep appreciation USG support.” Hussein issued orders that the U.S. planes should be permitted free entry to Jordan over all borders. (Ibid., 785.00/7–1758; included in the microfiche supplement)