South Atlantic Air Ferry Route in World War II

South Atlantic Air Ferry Route In World War II

The South Atlantic air ferry route was an air route established in July 1941. It was used initially by Pan American Airways subsidiaries (Atlantic Airways Ltd, then PAA Ferries) and after Pearl Harbor the Army Air Corps Ferrying Command to deliver Lend-Lease aircraft to British forces in Egypt who were engaged in the Western Desert Campaign.

After the United States' entry into World War II, it was expanded into a series of connecting air routes, which were used to ferry aircraft and transport equipment and personnel throughout the Eurasian and African continents from the United States. The route was used as an alternate Air Route to ferry aircraft to Great Britain when weather closed the North Atlantic Route. It was later extended though the Middle East into Iran to send Lend-Lease aircraft to the Soviet Union, and into India, to transport equipment, key personnel and aircraft into China to aid the Nationalist government of the Republic of China in the Second Sino-Japanese War against the Japanese Empire. The route also extended into Central and Southern Africa.

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