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Vietnam War Museum, Hanoi 2012.
Albums: Aviation - Heritage
Location: Hanoi, Vietnam
There is a mixture from both sides. The Ilyushin was Vet-con transport aircraft.
Certainly looks an interesting place for a visit.
It certainly is Stephen. You have to look beyond the propaganda but it's a snap shot of modern history.
I was in Saigon (HCMC) a couple of years ago, and the juxtaposition of the Soviet era tanks all but alongside the Northrup F-5 and the UH-1 (also shown here) at the Independence Palace was a bit startling even after all these years.
It certainly is startling and thought provoking these years later Scott. I'm still amazed the world has moved on so quickly. Perhaps if you think about the European package holiday business, which developed reasonably quickly after WW2 shows how robust we are.
A happy accident had us taken under the wing of a VN Coast Guard unit (lighthouse keepers) in Rach Gia, on the west coast for an evening. None of the guys was old enough to remember the war, and most not even what came immediately after. They only know and care about now and the future. In his broken English, the commander of the unit (I assume something equivalent to a Chief Petty Officer) told us that "We like everyone. We want to be friends with everyone." After a slight pause he said "Except maybe the Chinese. They talk a lot but don't do much for us."
It was quite surreal to be drinking tea in their ready-room (after having a lot of beers outside) with them with a statue of Uncle Ho hovering in the corner. He seems to be everywhere, but not talked about a lot by actual folks living their daily lives.
Fascinating Scott it proves people are just people all over the world. My mother worked locally in the 50's with a Germain lady who's Husband was lost on the Russian Front. They were from a farming community and she said they didn't want to go to war. She was lovely lady and was still hoping her Husband would come back from the salt mines. Proves to old adage that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Interesting the young Vietnamese have moved on. My faith is in educated young people around the world, who hopefully will bring about change. It will be a slow process.
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