Experience the intensity of one South Vietnamese family’s escape from Saigon in this video adapted from American Experience: Last Days in Vietnam. Miki Nguyen’s father was among several pilots in the South Vietnamese Air Force who commandeered helicopters to transport their loved ones to safety during the U.S. Embassy evacuation. Flying over the Pacific, his helicopter low on fuel, Nguyen’s father spotted a ship. But the Chinook that he flew was too big and heavy to land safely on its deck, so he hovered over the ship as his passengers jumped into the arms of the crew. Nguyen’s father managed to get himself off the helicopter before intentionally crashing it into the water. This resource is part of the American Experience: Last Days in Vietnam Collection.
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