Vietnam People's Air Force Museum, Hanoi

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Coordinates: 20°59′59″N 105°49′45″E / 20.99972°N 105.82917°E / 20.99972; 105.82917 The Vietnam People's Air Force Museum, Hanoi or Bảo Tàng Phòng Không - Không Quân is located on Truong Chinh Street in the Bach Mai District of Hanoi. The museum is on the edge of the disused Bach Mai Airfield.

The museum tells the history of the Vietnam People's Air Force (VPAF) from its formation in 1954 through to the present day. There is a heavy emphasis on its role in the Second Indochina War and the Cambodian-Vietnamese War. The museum comprises one main building with displays on the history of the VPAF, biographies of VPAF aces, uniforms and flightsuits, aircraft weaponry and engines, items from downed US aircraft and the forward fuselage of a MiG-21. Outside is a static park with aircraft of the VPAF and the Republic of Vietnam Air Force.

The museum is open Mon.-Thurs. and Sat. from 08:00 to 11:00 and 13:00 to 16:00. Entry fee is 20,000 VND

Aircraft on Display[edit]

Aircraft on outside display include:

Plaque states that this aircraft was used in the attack on a secret US radar site at Phou Pha Thi (Battle of Lima Site 85)
Plaque states that on April 19, 1972 this aircraft, piloted by Nguyen Van Bay, in company with #2019, piloted by Le Xuan Di, bombed the USS Higbee (DD-806) and USS Oklahoma City (CLG-5) in the Gulf of Tonkin
The MiG-21PFM has 12 victory stars painted on its nose, plaque states that one of the victories was US Air Force F-4E 67-0296, shot down on July 5th, 1972 by Nguyễn Tiến Sâm
The MiG-21MF has 8 victory stars painted on its nose, plaque states that one of the victories was a B-52D model, shot down on December 27th, 1972 by Pham Tuan. This aircraft is displayed carrying an AA-1 Alkali radar guided missile inboard of an AA-2 Atoll IR-homing missile
Plaque states that this was Ho Chi Minh's personal helicopter
Plaque states that this aircraft scored 9 victories, one of which was US Air Force F-4C 63-7614, shot down on May 12th, 1967 by Ngo Duc Mai
A Vietnamese designed and built training and liaison aircraft

Other display items[edit]

Also on display outside are:

Plaque states that this was formerly used by Groupe Mobile 100 and captured in the Battle of Mang Yang Pass

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "First Vietnamese planes made nearly thirty years ago". Quân Dội Nhân Dân. 26 July 2009.