Serial 34

[Editor’s note: This document was released both as a State Department cable as part of its 1981 FOIA release, and as Serial 34 of the FBI’s RYMUR release. The text was released at https://wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/1978GEORGE03812_d.html.]

LIMITED OFFICIAL USE
PAGE 01
GEORGE 03812 201836Z
ACTION ARA-15
INFO OCT-01 ISO-00 FBIE-00 CIAE-00 DODE-00 PA-01
TRSE-00 SCS-06 MCT-02 CA-01 INR-10 INRE-00 SY-05
SYE-00 USSS-00 H-01 AID-05 SS-15 SSO-00 NSCE-00
CCO-00 OC-06 JUSE-00 NSAE-00 ICAE-00 AS-02 L-03
HA-05 MED-05 OPR-02 PER-01 PPT-01 DOTE-00 FAA-00
EB-08 /095 W
——————100017 201917Z /44

O 201755Z NOV 78
FM AMEMBASSY GEORGETOWN
TO CINCSOUTH IMMEDIATE
SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 8095
DOD WASHINGTON (PASS NMCC) IMMEDIATE
LIMITED OFFICIAL USE GEORGETOWN 3812
E.O. 11652: N/A
TAGS: CASC: OREP (RYAN)
SUBJECT: ASSISTANCE

1. Port Kaituma airfield has the capability to handled only small aircraft of the twin otter type. The air strip is approximately 900 ft. In length and has a loose, soft surface.

2. Maj Godwin McPherson, Commander, GDF [Guyana Defense Force], Air Wing, source of this information recommends Matthew’s Ridge airfield as entry point for large evacuation type aircraft. This field is 4,500 feet in length, has a hard packed surface and can handle C-130 aircraft. Maj McPherson notes, however, that there are no landing lights at either airfield and daylight landings will be necessary, unless we are prepared to bring in portable lights for night landings. He would welcome the latter and is prepared to assign a senior pilot to assist U.S. pilots.

LIMITED OFFICIAL USE
LIMITED OFFICIAL USE
PAGE 02

GEORGE 03812 201836Z

3. We are sending a qualified embassy officer to examine both fields and will update this message when info becomes available.

Burke [John Burke, U.S. Ambassador to Guyana]

LIMITED OFFICIAL USE

Originally posted on May 16th, 2018.

Last modified on June 24th, 2022.
Skip to main content