Vietnamese Air Force Museum

Vietnamese Air Force Museum, Hanoi

Vietnamese Air Force Museum

Vietnamese Air Force Museum
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This museum costs about $10 U.S. round trip there and back from the Old Quarter and is located on the southern outskirts of the city. It's run by the Vietnamese military. Inside is a front section of a jet fighter where one can climb in and have a friend take his photo. Outside are numerous pieces of military equipment. There's an abundance of MIGs, helicopters, army trucks, radar, artillery pieces, tanks, etc. For someone who enjoys military memorabilia, this is the place for them. Much of the equipment was given to the Vietnamese by the USSR and one piece even came to them from the Germans by way of the Soviets. One of the pieces is a huge helicopter in back. There's also the wreckage of an American jet aircraft from a carrier. I thought the Army Museum had a lot of military equipment in it but this beats that one by a long shot.
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James N
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VNAF museum
Nov 2020 • Solo
Regardless of the wonky hours. If is well worth the drive and visit to this museum. Some pretty iconic aircraft on display.
Written November 12, 2020
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R M
Savannah, GA286 contributions
Interesting History
Jun 2019 • Solo
Interesting museum and second floor emphasizes Viet Nam's air force efforts in space, etc. I was one of two people visiting, and it's a bit far from the old quarter - unless you're really interested in history, it might not be your cup of tea. Very insightful to American War history folks. Lots of aircraft in display. The "look how many B-52s we shot down" got tiresome after a while, but I enjoyed my visit.
Written June 8, 2019
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RoyStormer
Guangzhou, China327 contributions
Interesting and full of propaganda
Dec 2018 • Couples
This is an interesting place with all the missiles and vehicles all around the perimeter of the building. You can climb into one of the planes and see many of the aircraft and weapons that were used during the Vietnam war. The museum inside is also pretty extensive and in it they take credit for the Gulf of Tonkin incident... The propaganda is very evident and the whole place is quite a curiosity.
Written January 16, 2019
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Dave F
7 contributions
A great museum.
Oct 2018 • Couples
Easily found ( about £2 taxi from centre)...entry was 30k Dongs( about £1). Aircraft laid out well, interior museum has a lot of pictures and exhibits about the fight against the French, USA and the war in Cambodia.,
Gate staff (VNAF personnel) ver helpful and willing to talk about the museum.
Excellent
Written December 10, 2018
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mbetowler
Wakefield, UK853 contributions
Disappointed
Sep 2018 • Couples
We took a Grab Car here from Old City, only to find it was closed. We entered the grounds, but then were approached by a guard who unfortunately didn’t speak any English so we had to try and work out what was going on. Finally managed to find another guard to ask, who told us it was closed. No signs anywhere saying opening times, and we walked straight past one guard and into the grounds at the start. Very odd, wouldn’t suggest as a visit.
Written September 28, 2018
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DaudRay
Penang Island, Malaysia154 contributions
Often closed, hard to find hours
Apr 2018 • Friends
Open 8-11; 13-16:00, closed Friday. You can see several Migs @ one torn up F-4 Phantom through the fence. Also some helicopters (Russian & US) and other (uncrashed) American aircraft are on display.
Written April 27, 2018
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Me_n_my_rucksack
Yorkshire, UK5,909 contributions
Well worth the effort to get to - some very impressive exhibits. Rather let down by the narrative but interesting.
Mar 2018 • Couples
I suspect this is well off the tourist trail for Western visitors - our driver has been here once before with a client - over 10 years ago !

About 40 min drive South of the City Centre the museum has a reasonably large number of aircraft outside and a large newsih building housing exhibits.

As with all Vietnamese military museums its focus, possibly naturally, is the war with the US. As such the rhetoric is very much the party line - evil imoerialists versus the glorious Vietnamese air force. Again possibly understandable but to the western mind a museum should present fact not opinion or political statement. The things one may yearn for such as how did a populance of mainly farmers and rural types in the 50s and 60s manage to train so many good jet pilots or missile technicians and so one are not addressed and this would be a fascinating story. Does the Air Force select the best recruits from those available ? How did the Vietnamese Air Defence doctrine differ from the Russians for example ? What are its main drivers and threats today ?

In fact there are possibly more words on display describing shot down American aircraft than there are words describing the organisation, training development and equipment of the Vietnamese air arm and this is a real shame.

That said there are some really interseting aircraft and Radar equipment on display, and the incredibly interesting Descent module from Soyuz 36 which returned a Vietnamese astronaut to earth (He launched on Soyuz 37 - returned in the module of 36).

Although a fascinating museum with some great photo opportunities and displays the real shame is it spends far too long stuck in anti US propoganda mode and does not fully tell what must be a far more interesting story about the Vietnamese Air Forces own history. Certainly worth a visit nonetheless.
Written March 19, 2018
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Ian A
Spanish Fort, AL114 contributions
Vietnam Air Defence Museum
Mar 2018 • Friends
An indoor and outdoor exhibition focused on the air Defence of Vietnam by the airforce. Displays images memorabilia and artifacts reflecting the theme Excellent collection of Mig and Sukhoi aircraft supported by anti aircraft guns and middles. indoor exit focused on history of Vietnam Air Force . some exhibits are showing effects of weather damage especially the aircraft . Museum is very interesting and unique and should not be missed by any one with interest in the War and Vietnam struggles
Written March 6, 2018
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shockbn
Nagoya, Japan62 contributions
Airplanes not many
Jan 2018 • Solo
However, it is moving for with those insufficient arms, Vietnamese military could get win against world strongest US military.
Written February 19, 2018
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David B L
Los Angeles, CA8,326 contributions
Aviation Buff Museum
Nov 2017 • Couples
You have to really want to see this aviation war museum and then search for it to get there. It’s for aviation and war buffs, and history types. If you’re one of these then this is the place. Helps to know a bit of prior history of the various aircraft types, as documentation in English is a bit scant. Interesting.
Written November 26, 2017
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