South Viet Nam: Flying Above the War

While the disastrous and seemingly endless war has disrupted South Viet Nam's fragile economy, it has increased the business of at least one company: the government-controlled commercial airline, Air Viet Nam. More and more Vietnamese travel or send their goods by air in order to avoid Viet Cong terror on roads and railroads.

With a motley of piston-powered planes, from puddle-hopping Cessnas to long-range DC-6s, and a single French Caravelle jet, Air Viet Nam last year boosted its freight tonnage 50% and its passenger loads 30% (to 305,000) on flights throughout the country and to...

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