I was an IP for Vietnamese pilot training at Moody, AFB, GA, Randolph AFB, TX, Keesler AFB, MS and Webb AFB, TX. I also served at Thy Hoa RVN for one year as an F-100 pilot.I was and still am an avid modeler and I thoroughly enjoyed your web site.
I would encourage any VNAF pilots who attended pilot training in the US to contact me regarding a reunion being planned at The National Museum, of the Air Force in Dayton, Ohio in the month of April, 2014.
Reply: For many years of service as flight instructor at many different airbases, you must trained a lot of VNAF students. I wonder whether many of your students are still around and living in the U.S. for the reunion in 2014. I had three close friends in Saigon back then. We went through high school from 6 grade to 12 grade. After graduation, we all joined ARVN due to the inspiration of "an Officer and a Gentleman."
1Lt. Ngan Ba Cau was gone when his U-H1 chopper crashed in a battle. 1Lt, Luu Xuan Quoi (this guy graduated with me from the same class of military academy in Dalat) was listed as M.I.A when his infantry company was overrun. His family never knew what happened to him. The last friend, Lieutenant Junior Dang Quy commanded some sort of speed boat on brown water and survived the war. After 1975 he tried to escape by boat (boat people). But his family back home has never ever heard any news about his fate afterward. I think his tiny boat couldn't make it in the open sea.
Now you understand why I am wondering about the numbers of your VNAF students left over. Uh, God spared me, but in exchange for that, he turned me "an Officer and a Gentleman" into...a janitor in U.S.A in 1975. The ARVN Military Academy never taught and trained us for this damn "scenario." :0)))