Pictures of Vietnam

"30 Minute" Island
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This island, five nautical miles off the coast due east of Tuy Phong and south of Phan Rang, was known to all Caribou pilots as "30 Minute" Island.   The reason for the name was quite simple; as you passed this landmark, you were 30 minutes from touchdown at Can Ranh.  Passing this island day after day brought many discussions of whether it would be possible to land a Caribou on it.  Before I boarded my freedom bird, there were Caribou tire tracks on the island; some damn fool actually did land on it!  The real name of the island is C lao Hn (although I had to look it up on a map -- I never knew that at the time).
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Revised: 24 March 1999