World: A Tale of Two Airports

Everything of consequence in South Viet Nam was up in the air. Out of Danang Airbase roared flight after flight of bomb-laden U.S. jets to strike at the increasingly aggressive Communist Viet Cong in the country's besieged northern reaches. Out of Saigon's airport far to the south soared Lieut. General Nguyen Khanh, bound for exile with his family, carrying two plastic bags full of Vietnamese earth, the Grand Cross of the National Order, and the ruins of a year in power.

Street Without Joy. The U.S. jet flights from Danang marked a break with...

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