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John McRainey Collection (1660) Finding Aid

Item Number: 16600000000
 Collection

Scope and Contents

Photographs, map, periodicals, articles, calendars, Iran-Contra material, flight manuals, flight guides, POW/MIA case material, Air America Logs, and other additional material document the history of Air America's involvement in Southeast Asia and other related topics.

Dates

  • 06 December 2005

Biographical / Historical

John McRainey served as a pilot in a number of fixed wing twin engine aircraft for Air America between 1965-1971. Most of the time McRainey flew in Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. Following his return from Southeast Asia, McRainey founded and ran McAllen Aviation Services in McAllen, Texas. During the 1980s for a period of time, McRainey flew supplies to Nicargua rebels.

Series

Title
Finding Aid
Pages
1
Location(s)
D055.7B; D052.2; Library; Photograph Collection; Map Collection (Section 12, Drawer 18); Newsletter Collection; Periodical Collection
2
Books

The War: 1967, edited by Zeev Anner and Yoseph Alkoni
Israel Must be Annihilated: A Selection of Cartoons from the Arab Press

1
Photographs

VA043241-VA043243: 3 photographs

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34
Maps

Joint Operations Graphic (Air) Chart: (1:250,000 scale) Series Number 1501 (Air) Sheet 47-3 Edition 1:Changwat Chiang Rai, Thailand
Thailand
Laos
Burma
Joint Operations Graphic (Air) Chart: (1:250,000 scale) Series Number 1501 (Air) Sheet 47-4 Edition 4:Louang Namtha, Laos
Thailand
Burma
Joint Operations Graphic (Air) Chart: (1:250,000 scale) Series Number 1501 (Air) Sheet 47-8 Edition 4:Changwat Nan, Thailand
Laos
Joint Operations Graphic (Air) Chart: (1:250,000 scale) Series Number 1501 (Air) Sheet 47-12 Edition 1:Changwat Loei, Thailand
Joint Operations Graphic (Air) Chart: (1:250,000 scale) Series Number 1501 (Air) Sheet 47-15 Edition 1:Amphoe Mae Chan, Thailand
Joint Operations Graphic (Air) Chart: (1:250,000 scale) Series Number 1501 (Air) Sheet 47-16 Edition 2:Louang-Namtha, Laos
Joint Operations Graphic (Air) Chart: (1:250,000 scale) Series Number 1501 (Air) Sheet 47-16 Edition 4:Louang-Namtha, Laos
Joint Operations Graphic (Air) Chart: (1:250,000 scale) Series Number 1501 (Air) Sheet 48-1 Edition 2: Louangphrabang, Laos (2 copies)
Joint Operations Graphic (Air) Chart: (1:250,000 scale) Series Number 1501 (Air) Sheet 48-2 Edition 2:Cua Rao, Vietnam
Joint Operations Graphic (Air) Chart: (1:250,000 scale) Series Number 1501 (Air) Sheet 48- 3 Edition 3: Saravan , Laos
Joint Operations Graphic (Air) Chart: (1:250,000 scale) Series Number 1501 (Air) Sheet 48-4 Edition 3: Chavan, Laos
Joint Operations Graphic (Air) Chart: (1:250,000 scale) Series Number 1501 (Air) Sheet 48-5 Edition 2: Vangviang, Laos
Joint Operations Graphic (Air) Chart: (1:250,000 scale) Series Number 1501 (Air) Sheet 48-5 Edition 3: Vangviang, Laos (2 copies)
Joint Operations Graphic (Air) Chart: (1:250,000 scale) Series Number 1501 (Air) Sheet 48-6 Edition 2: Muang Pakxan, Laos
Joint Operations Graphic (Air) Chart: (1:250,000 scale) Series Number 1501 (Air) Sheet 48-7 Edition 2:Muang Khong, Laos
Joint Operations Graphic (Air) Chart: (1:250,000 scale) Series Number 1501 (Air) Sheet 48-8 Edition 2:Muang Mai, Laos
Joint Operations Graphic (Air) Chart: (1:250,000 scale) Series Number 1501 (Air) Sheet 48- 9 Edition 4: Vientiane, Laos and Thailand
Joint Operations Graphic (Air) Chart: (1:250,000 scale) Series Number 1501 (Air) Sheet 48-10 Edition 1: Changwat Nakhon Phanom, Thailand
Joint Operations Graphic (Air) Chart: (1:250,000 scale) Series Number 1501 (Air) Sheet 48-13 Edition 2:Muang Ngoy, Laos
Joint Operations Graphic (Air) Chart: (1:250,000 scale) Series Number 1501 (Air) Sheet 48-13 Edition 3:Muang Ngoy, Laos
Joint Operations Graphic (Air) Chart: (1:250,000 scale) Series Number 1501 (Air) Sheet 48-14 Edition 2: Sam Nua, Laos (2 copies)
U.S. Air Force Operational Navigation Chart D-10 Cambodia, Laos, Thiland and Vietnam (1:1,000,000) (1965)
Tactical Pilotage Chart K-25A Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico (1:500,000) (1980)
Special Air Operations Chart, SEAsia SAO-4 (1:250,000) (1967)
5 Aeronautical charts showing instrument headings for the areas around Savannakhet and Vientiane
issued by Flight Information Center Vientiane
sections of chart series 1501, sheet 48-14 and 48-10 taped together to show much of the Thailand Laos border along the Mekong River a second taped segmet shows the southern border
Map segment of northeast Thailand showing Udon Thaini

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1
Newsletters

American Legion Post No. 1 (Generals Ward and Chennault Post) Poop Sheet (numbers 128, 132 [two copies], 133, 134, 135, 137 [2 copies], 139, 141, 142, 143, 144 [3 copies], 145, 146, 147, 150, 151, 159, 160, 162, 163, 171, 172, 183, 184, 185, 188, 189 [2 copies], 190, 191, 193, 194, 195, 196, 197, 200, 201, 202, 204, 206, 207, 208, 209, 211 [3 copies], 212, 213, 214, 215, 216, 217, 219, 220, 221, 222, 225, 226, 227, 228, 232, 233, 236, 237, 240, 241

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6
Serials

Time (3 June 1966)
Newsweek (9 February 1987)
Business Aviation Safety (1991 Journal)
U.S. News and World Reports (11 October 1971)
True (January 1972)
Soldier of Fortune's POW/MIA Special (Spring 1983)

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1
Oral History

OH0182 Interview with John McRainey

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  • Box 1: [1] [TTU - Southwest Collections Building, Stacks [D055.7B ]]
  • Box 2: [2] [TTU - Southwest Collections Building, Stacks [D055.7C ]]
  • Box 1000: [1000] [TTU - Southwest Collections Building, 2nd Floor, Stacks, D056.3 Individual Oversize Box 7 [D056.3]]

Inventory

  • John McRainey personal identification
  • Correspondence
  • Pilot's Log Book
  • Flight Crew Logs for John McRainey (January-April 1966, May-August 1966, September 1966-March 1967, April 1967-August 1967, September 1967-January 1968, February-August 1968, September 1968-January 1969, February-June 1969, July-November 1969, December 1969-April 1970, April-November 1970, December 1970-July 1971, August 1971-January 1972, February-November 1972, November 1972-January 1973
  • John McRainey Personnel Duty Reports (1965-1970)
  • John McRainey Personnel Duty Reports (1971-1973)
  • Air America memos and directives
  • Far East Pilots Association Material
  • Materials pertaining to Air America personnel who are missing in action
  • Speech by John McRainey at Stephen F. Austin University
  • Air America Club materials
  • Air Facilities Data-Loas
  • Air Facilities Data-Thailand
  • C-123 Training Syllabus
  • C-123K Checklist
  • C-123 Flight Manual (Folder 1 of 5)
  • C-123 Flight Manual (Folder 2 of 5)
  • C-123 Flight Manual (Folder 3 of 5)
  • C-123 Flight Manual (Folder 4 of 5)
  • C-123 Flight Manual (Folder 5 of 5)
  • C-123K Operations Manual 9.60E
  • C-123 B&K Flight Guide (3 December 1968) (3 copies)
  • C-46 Flight Guide (1 January 1969) (4 copies)
  • C-47 Flight Manual (Folder 1 of 2)
  • C-47 Flight Manual (Folder 2 of 2)
  • C-47 Flight Manual
  • C-47/DC-3 Flight Guide (7 December 1967) (4 copies)
  • C-47 Directed Study Guide
  • Volpar Turbo Beech Study Guide
  • Volpar Turbo Beech Operations Manual 9.60C
  • Beech Ten-Two Operations Manual 9.60J
  • DHC-4 Caribou Directed Study Program
  • C-7A Operating Limitations
  • Air America Log (1967-1971)
  • CAT Bulletin (1966)
  • Manuscript, "The Hiden Air Force" by Allen Cates
  • Newsweek article, "Have Guns Will Travel" (3 November 1986)
  • Airliners magazine article, "The Aircraft of Air America" by Bill Leary (Summer 1993)
  • New Yorker magazine article, "A Reporter at Large: Forgotten Country Laos" (20 August 1990)
  • Pamphlet, "How to Help the Hmong"
  • U.S. Congress Iran-Contra Hearing exibit documents
  • U.S. Congress Iran-Contra Hearings transcript (folder 1 of 2)
  • U.S. Congress Iran-Contra Hearings transcript (folder 2 of 2)
  • Affidavits pertaining to Iran-Contra lawsuits
  • Legal documents and correspondence pertaining to Hasenfus v. Secord lawsuit
  • Newspaper articles pertaining to Hasenfus v. Secord lawsuit
  • Cartoons of Nicaragua (Contra) operations
  • NATI information
  • American Legion Post #1 information and stationary
  • Vientianne Masonic Lodge Meeting Notices
  • 1993 Hotel Pullman Metropole Hanoi Calanders
  • Assorted materials
  • Empty USAF Flight Crew Check Lists binder
  • Empty binders (2) that held Air Facility Data for Laos and Thailand
  • Empty binder that held Air America C-47 Flight Manual
  • Newspaper clippings (Vietnam, Laos, Thailand etc)
  • Newspaper clippings (Nicaragua)
2
Books

The War: 1967, edited by Zeev Anner and Yoseph Alkoni
Israel Must be Annihilated: A Selection of Cartoons from the Arab Press

1
Photographs

VA043241-VA043243: 3 photographs

Click here to view all Photographs
34
Maps

Joint Operations Graphic (Air) Chart: (1:250,000 scale) Series Number 1501 (Air) Sheet 47-3 Edition 1:Changwat Chiang Rai, Thailand
Thailand
Laos
Burma
Joint Operations Graphic (Air) Chart: (1:250,000 scale) Series Number 1501 (Air) Sheet 47-4 Edition 4:Louang Namtha, Laos
Thailand
Burma
Joint Operations Graphic (Air) Chart: (1:250,000 scale) Series Number 1501 (Air) Sheet 47-8 Edition 4:Changwat Nan, Thailand
Laos
Joint Operations Graphic (Air) Chart: (1:250,000 scale) Series Number 1501 (Air) Sheet 47-12 Edition 1:Changwat Loei, Thailand
Joint Operations Graphic (Air) Chart: (1:250,000 scale) Series Number 1501 (Air) Sheet 47-15 Edition 1:Amphoe Mae Chan, Thailand
Joint Operations Graphic (Air) Chart: (1:250,000 scale) Series Number 1501 (Air) Sheet 47-16 Edition 2:Louang-Namtha, Laos
Joint Operations Graphic (Air) Chart: (1:250,000 scale) Series Number 1501 (Air) Sheet 47-16 Edition 4:Louang-Namtha, Laos
Joint Operations Graphic (Air) Chart: (1:250,000 scale) Series Number 1501 (Air) Sheet 48-1 Edition 2: Louangphrabang, Laos (2 copies)
Joint Operations Graphic (Air) Chart: (1:250,000 scale) Series Number 1501 (Air) Sheet 48-2 Edition 2:Cua Rao, Vietnam
Joint Operations Graphic (Air) Chart: (1:250,000 scale) Series Number 1501 (Air) Sheet 48- 3 Edition 3: Saravan , Laos
Joint Operations Graphic (Air) Chart: (1:250,000 scale) Series Number 1501 (Air) Sheet 48-4 Edition 3: Chavan, Laos
Joint Operations Graphic (Air) Chart: (1:250,000 scale) Series Number 1501 (Air) Sheet 48-5 Edition 2: Vangviang, Laos
Joint Operations Graphic (Air) Chart: (1:250,000 scale) Series Number 1501 (Air) Sheet 48-5 Edition 3: Vangviang, Laos (2 copies)
Joint Operations Graphic (Air) Chart: (1:250,000 scale) Series Number 1501 (Air) Sheet 48-6 Edition 2: Muang Pakxan, Laos
Joint Operations Graphic (Air) Chart: (1:250,000 scale) Series Number 1501 (Air) Sheet 48-7 Edition 2:Muang Khong, Laos
Joint Operations Graphic (Air) Chart: (1:250,000 scale) Series Number 1501 (Air) Sheet 48-8 Edition 2:Muang Mai, Laos
Joint Operations Graphic (Air) Chart: (1:250,000 scale) Series Number 1501 (Air) Sheet 48- 9 Edition 4: Vientiane, Laos and Thailand
Joint Operations Graphic (Air) Chart: (1:250,000 scale) Series Number 1501 (Air) Sheet 48-10 Edition 1: Changwat Nakhon Phanom, Thailand
Joint Operations Graphic (Air) Chart: (1:250,000 scale) Series Number 1501 (Air) Sheet 48-13 Edition 2:Muang Ngoy, Laos
Joint Operations Graphic (Air) Chart: (1:250,000 scale) Series Number 1501 (Air) Sheet 48-13 Edition 3:Muang Ngoy, Laos
Joint Operations Graphic (Air) Chart: (1:250,000 scale) Series Number 1501 (Air) Sheet 48-14 Edition 2: Sam Nua, Laos (2 copies)
U.S. Air Force Operational Navigation Chart D-10 Cambodia, Laos, Thiland and Vietnam (1:1,000,000) (1965)
Tactical Pilotage Chart K-25A Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico (1:500,000) (1980)
Special Air Operations Chart, SEAsia SAO-4 (1:250,000) (1967)
5 Aeronautical charts showing instrument headings for the areas around Savannakhet and Vientiane
issued by Flight Information Center Vientiane
sections of chart series 1501, sheet 48-14 and 48-10 taped together to show much of the Thailand Laos border along the Mekong River a second taped segmet shows the southern border
Map segment of northeast Thailand showing Udon Thaini

Click here to view all Maps
1
Newsletters

American Legion Post No. 1 (Generals Ward and Chennault Post) Poop Sheet (numbers 128, 132 [two copies], 133, 134, 135, 137 [2 copies], 139, 141, 142, 143, 144 [3 copies], 145, 146, 147, 150, 151, 159, 160, 162, 163, 171, 172, 183, 184, 185, 188, 189 [2 copies], 190, 191, 193, 194, 195, 196, 197, 200, 201, 202, 204, 206, 207, 208, 209, 211 [3 copies], 212, 213, 214, 215, 216, 217, 219, 220, 221, 222, 225, 226, 227, 228, 232, 233, 236, 237, 240, 241

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6
Serials

Time (3 June 1966)
Newsweek (9 February 1987)
Business Aviation Safety (1991 Journal)
U.S. News and World Reports (11 October 1971)
True (January 1972)
Soldier of Fortune's POW/MIA Special (Spring 1983)

Click here to view all Serials
1
Oral History

OH0182 Interview with John McRainey

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Pub Credit Line
16600000000, John McRainey Collection, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University

Added: 06 Dec 2005 [Updated: 02 Oct 2019]