Hòa Lạc Air Base

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Hòa Lạc Air Base
Vietnam People's Air Force insignia.png
Part of Vietnam People's Air Force
Hoa Lac Airfield, 1967.jpg
Hòa Lạc Air Base, 1967
Hòa Lạc Air Base is located in Vietnam
Hòa Lạc Air Base
Hòa Lạc Air Base
Coordinates21°02′16.8″N 105°29′24″E / 21.038000°N 105.49000°E / 21.038000; 105.49000
TypeAir Force Base
Site information
Controlled byRoundel of Vietnam.svg Vietnam People's Air Force
Site history
In use1967-Present
Battles/warsVietnam War
Airfield information

Hòa Lạc Air Base is a Vietnam People's Air Force (VPAF) (Không quân Nhân dân Việt Nam) military airfield located approximately 24 km (15 mi) west of Hanoi.


Vietnam War[edit]

The airfield started operation in February 1967.[1] On 26 March 1967 Col Robert Scott flying an F-105 shot down a Hòa Lạc-based MiG-17.[2] In May the base was first attacked by the USAF.[3]

Hòa Lạc, Kép and Phúc Yên were targeted on the first night of Operation Linebacker II on 18 December 1972.[4]

Current use[edit]

The VPAF 916th Helicopter Squadron is based at Hòa Lạc.

On 7 July 2014 a VPAF Mi-171 crashed while on a parachute training mission near Hòa Lạc killing 17 passengers and crew.[5]


  1. ^ Vietnam War After Action Reports. BACM Research. p. 35.
  2. ^ Davies, Peter (2014). F-105 Thunderchief MiG Killers of the Vietnam War. Osprey Publishing. p. 64. ISBN 9781782008040.
  3. ^ "Operations Summary, May 1967". National museum of the U.S. Air Force. 6 December 2006. Archived from the original on 12 January 2015. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  4. ^ Lake, Jon (2004). B-52 Stratofortress Units in Combat 1955-73. Osprey Publishing. p. 64. ISBN 9781841766072.
  5. ^ "Military helicopter crash kills 17 near Hanoi". Nhan Dan. 7 July 2014. Retrieved 12 January 2015.

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