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Bryan R. Swopes grew up in Southern California in the 1950s–60s, near the center of America's aerospace industry. He has had a life-long interest in aviation and space flight. Bryan is a retired commercial helicopter pilot and flight instructor.
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5 thoughts on “30 April 1975”
Sacrificing aircraft to make room for incoming refugees. I can imagine the tension all were experiencing at that time.
Ws this part of the deck clearing on the USS Midway for Major Lý Bửng’s L-19 on the same date? https://www.facebook.com/groups/431374360216330/permalink/1462911150395974/
No. So many aircraft were inbound that they were pushed over the side to keep the flight decks clear.
Had to have been a relieving and yet a frustrating moment for a lot of reasons. Thank-you for your service sir
Regarding your interesting post on the first transpolar flight from Europe to Japan (https://www.thisdayinaviation.com/24-february-1957/) you may be interested to know that there’s a large commemorative runestone in Tokyo’s Hibiya Park