107. Editorial Note

According to Staff Notes No. 384, prepared for the President on June 23 and initialed by Eisenhower, the first shipment of F–86 jet planes arrived in Iraq on June 17. The pertinent section of the note reads:

“3. Aircraft for Iraq.—By the June 17 deadline, as directed on June 10, Air Force had delivered to Iraq five F–86F’s and dispatched spare parts, equipment and personnel to complete the initial program. The Chief MAAG notes that Iraq was unprepared to meet the sudden demands for accommodations and landing facilities.” (Eisenhower Library, Whitman File, Eisenhower Diaries)