- Aug 9, 2001
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Coincidentally(?), Vung Tau was a US helicopter base during the Vietnam war.We were walking on the beach at Vung Tau this evening. It's a long weekend coming up - the euphemistically titled "reunification day" on Friday, and Monday off in lieu of Labour day, so the crowds are already out in force at the seaside. To our horror, about 500 metres away from us, some lunatic was buzzing the holidaymakers in a helicopter: variations on a theme of hovering just over the sand (below the treeline), flying backwards, skimming the sea surface and flying in between the hotel buildings under roof level. Absolutely terrifying to witness. I am not ashamed to admit we turned and fled. The really scary thing was that we seemed to be the only ones doing so...
l believe that it was also an operational conversion unit for aircrew transitioning to the Cobra gunship.