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AIRFIELDS AND OUTPOSTS SEEN FROM THE AIR

     During the Vietnam War, we used to hear of the major military airbases such as Bien Hoa airbase, Da Nang airbase, Cam Ranh etc.; however, most of us were unaware that there were a large numbers of other airfields that we haven't heard of their names. And even if someone told us their strange names we would wonder where the heck those airfields were located.

     Thanks to many USAF airmen who used to "arm" themselves with cameras, today we are able to get a glimpse of those unknown and well-known military bases (seen from sky) that even many other military personnels never had a chance to put their feet on. To name a few: Cheo Reo, An Thoi, Duc Co, Dakto and Tan Canh.

     Thank you, all the USAF photographers for such many great documentary pictures. What's missing in those photos is perhaps the stench of battle field.

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Seen From Air

     We (Vietnamese) used to hear the Vietnam Vets made good compliments about Vietnam as a beautiful country. At that moment we thought perhaps they were impressed by the tropical countryside with vast green paddy fields. Actually, what they saw was quite different from where we have been seeing. Man, most of them saw Vietnam from...the air! No wonder, until you see Vietnam from the airplane. Click on the name list below, you will see Vietnam before 1975 just like what most US Caribou Pilots have seen on their daily missions.

CITIES & LANDSCAPE SEEN FROM THE AIR


Pussy Mountain

"PUSSY" MOUNTAIN"


Some nautical miles southeast of Pleiku, there is an unofficial famous landmark called "Pussy Mountain." Most US Caribou Pilots are familiar with this mountain, because it is located right on their flight path each time they ferry supplies to Pleiku. The VNAF airmen might have a different name for this special landmark, but any gentlemen who see the mountain would totally agree with the descriptive name. Thanks all US Caribou airmen for the "sensational" photos.

By chance, PQK had a "Pussy Mountain" photo taken from the ground. Most Vietnamese people saw the mountain from sea level; perhaps due to different level perspectives, the local Vietnamese called the mountain "NUI HAM RONG" (Dragon Jaw Mountain). But I think both American pilots and local folks saw the same thing: a cave! The difference is way of...expression! :0)

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