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Air Defence – Air Force Museum (Vietnam)

8 July 2013

Air Defence – Air Force Museum (Vietnam)

Bảo tàng Phòng không– Không quân (Việt Nam)

20° 59′ 57″ N / 105° 49′ 45″ E

Air Defence - Air Force Museum Sign — photo by Catherine Dowman ©2013

Air Defence – Air Force Museum of Vietnam (located in Hanoi) entrance sign — photo by Catherine Dowman ©2013

Located at the intersection of Tôn Thât Tùng Kèo-dai and Truông Chinh in Hanoi Vietnam is a large museum devoted to Vietnam’s aviation history, a good portion of which addresses the war against France and the one against the United States. The exterior of the museum has dozens of exhibits (of Russian, Chinese and American manufacture) while the interior has artifacts and exhibits ranging from aviators to wartime strategies. Catherine Dowman, who visited the museum for us as well as having captured these images, relates that many school classes were there and it seemed the museum is utilized for this purpose regularly. She found it easy to get to and recommends a taxi or bus as the preferable options to get there as, while it is in Hanoi, it is not in an area commonly visited by tourists.

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Mil Mi 24 “Hind”, Kamov Ka 25 “Hormone” and Bell UH-1 Iroquois “Huey”— photo by Catherine Dowman ©2013

Poster — photo by Catherine Dowman ©2013

Poster — photo by Catherine Dowman ©2013

All for a career
Build and protect the national territory
Vietnam socialist!

(written on the poster’s top)

LtC Đào Đình Luyện — photo by Catherine Dowman ©2013

LtC Đào Đình Luyện (LtC at the time of the photo) became a leader in the Air Force as well as powerful political figure in post war Vietnam — photo by Catherine Dowman ©2013

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Map of North Vietnam during the Vietnam War showing aviation activity — photo by Catherine Dowman ©2013

SA 2 "Guideline" (S-75 Dvina in Russia) ground-to-air missile — photo by Catherine Dowman ©2013

SA 2 “Guideline” (S-75 Dvina in Russia) ground-to-air missile with the blue Mil Mi 4 (NATO reporting name “Hound”) helicopter which was a personal transport for President Ho Chi Minh in the background and to the left — photo by Catherine Dowman ©2013

A pair of MiG 17 "Frescos", a Sukhoi Su 9 "Fishpot" and Antonov An 2 "Colt" — photo by Catherine Dowman ©2013

A pair of MiG 17 “Frescos”, a MiG 21 “Fishbed” and Antonov An 2 “Colt” — photo by Catherine Dowman ©2013

Soyuz 37 (possibly Soyuz 36) capsule which carried Pham Tuan — photo by Catherine Dowman ©2013

Soyuz 37 (possibly Soyuz 36) capsule which carried Phạm Tuân between Earth and the Salyut space station (Phạm Tuân is Vietnamese and the first non Russian Asian to travel into space ). The Soyuz 37 brought him up to the Salyut 6 space station in 1980 and he returned in Soyuz 36 — photo by Catherine Dowman ©2013

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. Jim Preston permalink
    8 July 2013 16:46

    Any Signed autographed pictures of Hanoi Jane?

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      8 July 2013 18:37

      Would you like one?

      • Jim Preston permalink
        9 July 2013 16:28

        Hell no, at the Museum.

      • travelforaircraft permalink*
        9 July 2013 19:11

        I see, I’ll ask and see if she took note of a Jane Fonda exhibit or not.

      • Jim Preston permalink
        9 July 2013 19:22

        Thanks, u know the foto i was referring to with Hanoi Jane sitting in the seat of a NVA Anti-Aircraft Gun.

      • travelforaircraft permalink*
        9 July 2013 19:45

        Yes, thanks, and I cannot forget that photo since my dad was in Vietnam at the time. I hope to visit Vietnam soon and when I do I’ll see the Hỏa Lò Prison (the “Hanoi Hilton”). After that maybe I can write a piece about her compared to the plight of our POWs.

      • Jim Preston permalink
        9 July 2013 19:49

        Good luck. She should have had charges brought against her.

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