Hotel Hercules

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Hotel Hercules is the fruit of an encounter and exchange between Sergio Finardi, defence logistics expert and Don Rogers, a flight engineer who operated on aircrafts servicing CIA operations in support of UNITA between 1986 and 1988. Don Rogers shared memories of his flights to UNITA headquarters as a member of secret CIA missions to supply Savimbi’s army from DRC, as well as the humanitarian flights he performed. His narrative includes interesting elements to understand the dynamics of professional aviation environments and are a unique testimony of secret missions.

IPIS publishes this publication in honour of Sergio Finardi who passed away unexpectedly in December 2015. He had just begun working on the publication you are now reading. Unfortunately, it is not the 300 pages publication he had envisaged, because sufficient material was not yet available. His final request to the International Peace Information Service (IPIS) was to finish editing what was there. We hope to publish an updated version in the future.

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