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Vietnam Military History Museum — aircraft and aircraft wreckage sculpture

17 June 2013

Vietnam Military History Museum — aircraft and aircraft wreckage sculpture

21º 01′ 57″ N / 105º 50′ 24″ E

Fortunately, one of our contributors recently visited Hanoi Vietnam and made time to stop in on a few aviation history related museums there. This was no small feat since a heat wave was then being endured — 104º F (40º C) temperature, with high humidity levels! We have Catherine Dowman to thank for the information and images related in this post, as well as in future posts regarding this museum and others 🙂

Flag Tower of Hanoi Cột cờ Hà Nội Catherine Dowman photograph 2013

Flag Tower of Hanoi (Cột cờ Hà Nội) standing since 1812 — Catherine Dowman photograph 2013

The Citadel of Thang Long (Hoàng thành Thăng Long) — Catherine Dowman photograph ©2013

The Citadel of Thang Long (Hoàng thành Thăng Long) wall backs an artillery display at the Vietnam Military History Museum. The Citadel is a World Heritage Site as well as a beautiful example of French Colonial architecture: iron cast cannon to the rear is from the 19th Century and the three wheeled cannon were used by the French Far East Expeditionary Corps in the Battle of Dien Bien Phu (Chiến dịch Điện Biên Phủ) — Catherine Dowman photograph ©2013

The Vietnam Military History Museum (Bảo tàng Lịch sử Quân sự Việt Nam) is adjacent to a World Heritage Site, the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long (Hoàng thành Thăng Long), a fine example of French Colonial architecture. Part of the citadel is the Flag Tower of Hanoi Cột cờ Hà Nội which has been standing since 1812. Located at 28A, Ba Dinh District in Hanoi it is a block from the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and opposite Lenin Park. Their website has these bus route instructions or one could take a taxi but walking in Hanoi is not for the inexperienced or cautious due to the local traffic habits. Entry is 20,000 dong (~$1) for entry with only a cell phone camera and with an additional 30,000 dong (~$1.50) for permission to use a conventional camera. The museum is kid friendly and has children’s classes touring on a regular basis — a cafeteria is located just outside the property.

The museum is quite large and covers Vietnam’s breadth of military history. Aviation history of the country, as well as its use in the Vietnam War, are addressed in the main building though the aircraft are, as expected, in the outer courtyard. The placement of the aircraft allows visitors to walk around and meander with many of the displays able to be walked under. Elevated views are also possible as can be seen in these images. Information signs are present for each aircraft with each in three languages (Vietnamese, French and English) and often give a different perspective than one from the west.

— Catherine Dowman photograph ©2013

Most of the several aircraft in the courtyard of the Vietnam Military History Museum (Douglas A-1H Skyraider, A-1E Skyraider, Bell UH-1 Iroquois “Huey” and Ilyushin Il 14 “Crate”) — Catherine Dowman photograph ©2013

Sculpture in the courtyard of Vietnam Military History Museum made of several war wrecks from combat in the French Indochina War as well as the Vietnam War— Catherine Dowman photograph ©2013

Sculpture in the courtyard of Vietnam Military History Museum made of several war wrecks from combat in the French Indochina War as well as the Vietnam War — Catherine Dowman photograph ©2013

Il 14 and UH-1 — Catherine Dowman photograph ©2013

Ilyushin Il 14 “Crate” and Bell UH-1 Iroquois “Huey” — Catherine Dowman photograph ©2013

MiG 21 at the entry to the Vietnam History Museum in Hanoi — Catherine Dowman photograph ©2013

MiG 21 at the entry to the Vietnam History Museum in Hanoi — Catherine Dowman photograph ©2013

— Catherine Dowman photograph ©2013

Most of the courtyard area of the Vietnam Military History Museum — Catherine Dowman photograph ©2013

Posts will publish in the near future with respect to this museum, as well as two other museums, with no small thanks to Catherine Dowman.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. 17 June 2013 14:50

    Hi, Joe…
    I’d like to take this opportunity to say thanks to Ms. Dowman (and you) for this particular blog. Excellent images. The one thing I was totally fascinated with was the opportunity to open the Vietnam Military History Museum website. Somewhere in this presentation was mentioned that we were seeing something from a “different perspective”….For me, it was kind of a visual ‘point’ of view of the book I read many, many years ago titled “Fire in the Lake”…which is still in my library. It was a very complicated , convoluted and sad book about the war for all sides that tried to explain what we now know. Again, please thank her.
    david

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      17 June 2013 19:12

      David, I’ll be happy to pass your good words along 🙂 I will look the title up you mentioned as it sounds quite on point with respect to the mention you address. You’ve underscored, for me, the importance of museums as well as traveling to see them — to see the aircraft naturally but in a more overarching manner to see how history is interpreted since each side of a conflict or situation will have varying opinions regarding the same set of facts.

      You’ll probably be intrigued with the post coming up regarding the sculpture in the Vietnam Military History Museum as well as the post on the B-52 Victory Museum.

      Thanks again, Joe

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