Nha Trang

“Nha Trang Air Base (IATA: NHA, ICAO: VVNT) is a Vietnam People’s Air Force (VPAF) (Khong Quan Nhan Dan Viet Nam) military airfield in Vietnam. It is located 1.7 miles (2.7 km) northwest of Nha Trang in Khánh Hòa Province. … The United States Air Force used the base during the Vietnam War as a special operations base in the late 1960s, and it was a tactical base of the VNAF. It was seized by the Vietnam People’s Army in April 1975 and afterwards was used as a military airfield by the Vietnam People’s Air Force and later, as a civil airport. Today the facility is closed with all civil airline traffic being routed to the new facility at Cam Ranh Airport. … In early 1975 North Vietnam realized the time was right to achieve its goal of re-uniting Vietnam under communist rule, launched a series of small ground attacks to test U.S. reaction. By 14 March, South Vietnamese President Nguyễn Văn Thiệu decided to abandon the Central Highlands region and two northern provinces of South Vietnam and ordered a general withdrawal of ARVN forces from those areas. Instead of an orderly withdrawal, it turned into a general retreat, with masses of military and civilians fleeing, clogging roads and creating chaos. Thousands of refugees believed Nha Trang to be a safe haven, however by 1 April, the general panic of the retreat reached the cities of Qui Nhơn, Tuy Hoa and Nha Trang. These areas were abandoned by the ARVN, yielding the entire northern half of South Vietnam to the North Vietnamese. Some, but not all VNAF aircraft at Nha Trang Air Base were flown south to Bien Hoa Air Base, abandoning the base to the North Vietnamese. …”
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YouTube: Cam Ranh Bay to Nha Trang 1966-67 Vietnam War Home Movies, Nha Trang Viet Nam 1970, Special Forces – Duc Co, Nha Trang, Vietnam – February 1966

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