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Video: World Air's Famous Last Flight From DaNang  
User currently offlineWjcandee From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5130 posts, RR: 22
Posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 7704 times:

Tonight, I saw some amazing archival video on www.cbsnews.com of World Airways' famous Last Flight From DaNang. Years ago, I read an article on World Airways' storied history, including how its founder, Ed Daly, participated in the Last Flight From DaNang at the end of the Vietnam War. Daly and a crew had flown a 727 into DaNang as South Vietnam fell, trying to pick up women and children refugees. The military had told them that they were on their own, because US troops had withdrawn and they wouldn't guarantee their safety. Daly went anyway. The 727 was swarmed by troops and others desparately trying the flee the arriving communists. The www.worldair.com web site used to have the whole article reprinted, including how Daly had personally stood, pistol in hand, at the rear air stairs and used his former-boxer's fists to hold off the advancing swarm. To escape almost certain destruction, the pilot took off *from a taxiway* with over 300 people on board and the airstairs jammed open. The trusty 727 survived bullet holes, overloading, folks in the wheel wells, cargo compartments, etc., and landed in Saigon more than 1.5 hours later (rather than the usual 50 minutes). It's an amazing story.

Tonight is the Anniversary of that flight. CBS news has a five-minute video story on the flight posted at www.cbsnews.com. Knowing the story well, I had chills and tears watching the video for the first time. There was the late Ed Daly, pistol in hand, personally fighting to get his passengers and crew out of there safely. There was Ken Healy, the flight's legendary captain, in the left seat radioing back and forth to another World 727 flying alongside to eyeball the condition of the plane, and hearing that his cargo compartments were open and loaded with people and handling the flight and treacherous landing with Chuck Yeagar calm.

This is part of the proud history that World has working for and with our military, and it was truly amazing video. I'm sure that it will be taken down in the next 24 hours, so I wish I knew how to save it. Anyone who works for World or follows it should watch this. Go to this link http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/12/08/national/main659757.shtml and click on the underligned text in the story about the historic last flight from DaNang. The windows media version seems to work better.

All the best,

Bill
Who is just amazed by this video.

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User currently offlineFA4B6 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 7665 times:

Oh my God.

That is the most awful, awful thing I have ever seen.


User currently offlineCougarAviator From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 349 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 7601 times:

Absolutely incredible.........


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User currently offlineWjcandee From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5130 posts, RR: 22
Reply 3, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 7559 times:

On re-reviewing, the bravery of some involved is remarkable. Here's Ed Daly, climbing down the ventral stairs in flight at 6000 feet to try to pull aboard a person stranded on them. I wonder what it's like standing out there at a couple hundred miles per hour and 6000 feet with no safety harness!

Imagine any other airline CEO doing something like that! Wouldn't happen today.

Best,

Bill


User currently offlineJetjack74 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 7405 posts, RR: 50
Reply 4, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 7541 times:
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See if this works: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/12/08/national/main659757.shtml


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User currently offlineN754PR From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 7216 times:

I've seen the pics taken from the other 727 but never this video.... amazing!

User currently offlineAa717driver From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 1566 posts, RR: 13
Reply 6, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 7173 times:

Again, WOW. Even though I lived through those times, it's hard to remember the details of incidents like that. I still remember when a C-5 or C-141 full of refugee kids crashed after takeoff from VN right before the fall. I didn't really feel any sadness at the time--there had been so much death by then that most people were kind of desensitized to it.

The whole thing could have been prevented early on.TC



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User currently offlineBIGBlack From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 600 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 7131 times:

Wow that footage is amazing and indeed does show the best and worst humanity has to offer. Wow it really makes you think. I missed that period but it makes me want to learn even more about the climate at the time.


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User currently offlineBtblue From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 578 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 7123 times:

That was a remarkable video.


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User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7943 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 7107 times:

I can't find the video  Sad
If I click on the link in the text, a new window opens and loads a page similar to the home page*. There are some links to videos but not the video you are talking about.

* Edit: Actually it is the home page.

[Edited 2004-12-11 17:29:16]


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User currently offlineBIGBlack From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 600 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 7090 times:

On that page with the text, I think you mean the CBS page with the tribute to Bruce Dunning, scroll down. In the text is a link in blue.

This section...

"On a personal note, I was a producer at a local station in New York when Bruce’s historic report on the last flight carrying Americans and Vietnamese from Danang aired on CBS. That extraordinary piece of journalism was quite literally an inspiration to me, as I’m sure it was to many others – a benchmark for television reporting at its absolute best. It has been an honor to call Bruce a friend and a colleague for more than two decades."

Click that and choose your media.



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User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7943 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 7079 times:

BigBlack, exactly that link loaded the front/home page, not the video.

However, I found another link and this time it worked. Truly a remarkable video.



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User currently offlineBIGBlack From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 600 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 7078 times:

Ohhh gotcha. Glad you were able to see it. This is truly something to see. It just really makes you think.


Someone special in the air
User currently offlineNewark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 30
Reply 13, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 6636 times:

I've seen the pics taken from the other 727 but never this video.... amazing!

Does anyone know where you can find these pictures?



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User currently offlineOttoPylit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 6453 times:

I have seen that video before and it is truly incredible. 300 people on a 727? Wow!

I read somewhere that the last C-130 that left DaNang had 300 refugees onboard, which even with a big plane like a Hercules, it just doesn't seem very feasable. And now reading that a 727 left out with that many in a much smaller fuselage? Wow! I guess in that kind of case, the theory of staying seated with your seatbelt securely fastened can be thrown out the window, huh? lol


User currently offlineDeltaMD11 From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 1701 posts, RR: 35
Reply 15, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 6407 times:

The first thing that ran through my mind as I was watching this (other than the horror these people were experiencing) was how rugged the 727 is. After taking damage from a grenade under the wing, being shot up, and grossly overloaded, let alone cargo hatches being open and the ventral stairs still lowered, they were able to take off, cruise, and land safely. I think that says a lot for the aircraft (which I must admit that I'm a 727 freak).


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User currently offlineAccidentally From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 643 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 6383 times:
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Some pics here:

http://727.assintel.com.br/hist/esp5.htm



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User currently offlineJetMechMD80 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 380 posts, RR: 7
Reply 17, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 6280 times:

Yep amazing video. I have always felt that the 727 was one fine airplane, that proves it. Keep in mind that this 727 was a 100 also. That makes it even more impressive. I flew World many times on military charters, they are great people, and their company has a great history. My hat is off to them.


"I get along great with nobody"~ Billy Idol
User currently offlineWjcandee From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5130 posts, RR: 22
Reply 18, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 6001 times:

What is the usual capacity of a -100? I was thinking that it was -200, with the 170 or so that a one-class -200 usually holds. But of course, World originally flew -100s, then -200s later. Does a -100 usually hold closer to 100 pax?


--Bill


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