AIRLINES: Daly's Refugee Airlift

Taxiing at Saigon's Tan Son Nhut Airport one night last week, a World Airways cargo jet was ordered over the radio to hold its position on the runway. "There are V.C. on the airfield," the tower warned. Suddenly, the runway lights were turned off, the field was closed—and the U.S.-bound DC-8, with 58 Vietnamese orphans and World President Edward Daly aboard, fired up its engines and took off in darkness. Said Pilot Kenneth Healy later: "It seemed like the time to go." On the five-hour flight to a refueling stopover at Japan's...

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