Sunday, February 20, 2011
Short final to Hanoi
Our C-130 on short final approach to Gia Lam Airfield, Hanoi, North Vietnam – 1973. Among first of a few USAF aircraft to land here following ceasefire, and not long after Christmas Linebacker II bombing offensive. Mission involved transport of North Vietnamese peace delegations back from Saigon. Although there are signs of filled bomb craters around the runway, the landing surface was pretty good at this no-frills airport. A second C-130 that landed just before us can be seen in upper left of photo on parallel taxiway. Looking closely, truck, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic can be seen on road crossing approach to runway. Visibility not great with what appears to be a lot of air pollution.