Mission to Panama

Title

Mission to Panama

Description

In 1992 crews from the 914 Tactical Airlift Group out of Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station were deployed to Panama for a multipurpose mission. The C-130 cargo crews took Part in a drug interdiction operation, as well as providing aid to an orphanage and helping to build a school.

The mission took place about three years after U.S. forces invaded Panama, removing dictator Manuel Noriega from power. Some members of the 914th had participated in the invasion, called Operation Just Cause.

Noriega was brought to the U.S. where he was tried and convicted of drug trafficking, racketeering, and money laundering.

WIVB-TV reporter Rich Newberg and photographer Paul Woodson accompanied the 914th on the mission and produced a four part series for the station.

Date

1992-12-20 through 1992-12-23

Source

Rich Newberg Reports Collection

Publisher

WIVB (Television Station: Buffalo, N.Y.)
Buffalo & Erie County Public Library (publisher of digital)

Rights

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