Last Days in Vietnam

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Last Days in Vietnam poster.

Documentary (2014)

Stuart Harrington (Himself, interviewee)
Henry Kissinger (Himself, interviewee)
Frank Snepp (Himself, interviewee)
Kiem Do (Himself, interviewee)

Recounts the Vietnam War's final days, when unexpected roadblocks threatened the evacuation of America's South Vietnamese allies.

Bell UH-1 Iroquois

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Lockheed C-5A Galaxy

Registration 68-0218, c/n 500-0021. Aircraft would later be involved in a crash during Operation Babylift on 4 April 1975, killing 155 of its 328 occupants.

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Lockheed C-141 Starlifter

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Boeing 747-121

Boeing B-52 Stratofortress

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Sikorsky VH-3A Sea King

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Boeing 727-173C

Registration N692WA, c/n 19506/447 built in 1967. Flew the last commercial flight out of Dan Nang Airport on 29 March 1975 before it was captured by North Vietnamese forces.

Reg. N692WA Boeing 727-173C of World Airways.
Reg. N692WA Boeing 727-173C of World Airways.

Another World Airways 727 flew alongside it on the way back to Saigon to assess damage dealt to it by gunfire and grenades thrown by South Vietnamese soldiers that were left behind at Da Nang. More information on the flight can be found here.

Boeing 727-173C of World Airways.

Boeing VC-137 Air Force One

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Lockheed C-141 Starlifter

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With the rear of a Lockheed C-130 on the right edge.

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Kaman SH-2 Seasprite

Only four blade rotor.

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Sikorsky CH-53 Sea Stallion

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Boeing Vertol CH-46D Sea Knight

BuNo 154031, c/n 2382 from from Helicopter Combat Support Squadron HC-3.

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Unidentified Aircraft

An AEW aircraft taking off from the carrier, E-1 Tracer or E-2 Hawkeye?

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Boeing 707 (CGI)

Lockheed C-5 Galaxy (CGI)

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Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion (CGI)

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Lockheed Constellation

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Lockheed C-141B Starlifter

Tail number 63-8081, c/n 6012 built in 1964.

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Lockheed C-130 Hercules

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Fairchild C-123 Provider

Note the square top of the vertical stabilizer.

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Bell 205

Bell 205 of Air America.

Bell 204

Bell 204 of Air America.
Bell 204 of Air America.
Bell 204 of Air America.

Boeing Vertol CH-46 Sea Knight

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Sikorsky CH-53D Sea Stallion

BuNo 156970 / YF-7, c/n 65-217 of Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 462 (HMH-462).

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BuNo 157140 / YF-5, c/n 65-266 of Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 462 (HMH-462).

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Buno 157139 / YF-9, c/n of Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 462 (HMH-462).

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Bell UH-1H Iroquois

Hueys of the South Vietnamese Air Force, many of which fled to the US Navy fleet during the fall of Saigon. Many had to be pushed of the ships they landed on to make room for more aircraft.

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Code 217.

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Code 736.

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Code 749.

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Boeing CH-47 Chinook

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A Chinook taken by South Vietnamese pilot Ba Van Nguyen to evacuate his family flew out to the USS Kirk (FF-1087) during the evacuation on 29 April 1975. As the Chinook was too big to land on the frigate, Nguyen's family instead jumped from the chopper onto the Kirk's flight deck. Nguyen then ditched the Chinook off the stern of the Kirk and swam to the ship.

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Sikorsky CH-53 Sea Stallion

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Boeing Vertol CH-46D Sea Knight

BuNo 154803, c/n 2410. Evacuated US ambassador Graham Martin from the roof of the US embassy at 4:59 a.m. on April 30th during the evacuation of Saigon. Now on display at the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum in Miramar, California. Nicknamed Lady Ace 09.

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BuNo 153993, c/n 2344. Known for being the last aircraft out of Vietnam, this Sea Knight evacuated the remaining 11 Marine guards from the roof of the US embassy on the morning of April 30th as Saigon fell. Carried mission name Swift 2-2.

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