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Long Cheng Air

Chia Youyee Vang

in Fly Until You Die: An Oral History of Hmong Pilots in the Vietnam War

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
April 2019
ISBN:
9780190622145
eISBN:
9780190622176
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190622145.003.0005
Subject:
History, Asian History, Military History

Chapter 4 details Hmong experiences in combat aviation in the Secret War. It examines the dangerous flying conditions they faced in northern Laos, where, in addition to enemy antiaircraft artillery, ... More


Conclusion: The Legacy of War

Chia Youyee Vang

in Fly Until You Die: An Oral History of Hmong Pilots in the Vietnam War

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
April 2019
ISBN:
9780190622145
eISBN:
9780190622176
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190622145.003.0011
Subject:
History, Asian History, Military History

People who experienced the war in Laos have differed in the ways they have attempted to make sense of the conflict and their postwar lives. The conclusion describes the contested and contradictory ... More


The Road to Pilot Training

Chia Youyee Vang

in Fly Until You Die: An Oral History of Hmong Pilots in the Vietnam War

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
April 2019
ISBN:
9780190622145
eISBN:
9780190622176
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190622145.003.0003
Subject:
History, Asian History, Military History

Existing literature persistently refers to Hmong people in the 1960s as “illiterate.” Chapter 2 presents surviving pilots’ life experiences before they entered the Project Water Pump training ... More


Grief and Remembrance

Chia Youyee Vang

in Fly Until You Die: An Oral History of Hmong Pilots in the Vietnam War

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
April 2019
ISBN:
9780190622145
eISBN:
9780190622176
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190622145.003.0007
Subject:
History, Asian History, Military History

In chapter 6, family and friends of the Hmong pilots who flew missions for the CIA during the Secret War in Laos remember those killed in action or deceased. Given the limited knowledge that people ... More


Escape

Chia Youyee Vang

in Fly Until You Die: An Oral History of Hmong Pilots in the Vietnam War

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
April 2019
ISBN:
9780190622145
eISBN:
9780190622176
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190622145.003.0008
Subject:
History, Asian History, Military History

Chapter 7 explores the chaotic air evacuation from Long Cheng to Udorn air base in Thailand in early May 1975, in which throngs of Hmong fought to get on planes intended for Hmong military leadership ... More


Widowhood

Chia Youyee Vang

in Fly Until You Die: An Oral History of Hmong Pilots in the Vietnam War

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
April 2019
ISBN:
9780190622145
eISBN:
9780190622176
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190622145.003.0006
Subject:
History, Asian History, Military History

Chapter 5 reveals that pilots’ salaries greatly improved their families’ livelihoods. Following the death of a pilot, however, his widow and children confronted significant challenges. Widows ... More


Fly Until You Die: An Oral History of Hmong Pilots in the Vietnam War

Chia Youyee Vang

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
April 2019
ISBN:
9780190622145
eISBN:
9780190622176
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190622145.001.0001
Subject:
History, Asian History, Military History

The Vietnam War is the subject of hundreds of scholarly studies, policy reports, memoirs, and literary titles. As America’s longest and most controversial war, it coincided with domestic turmoil in ... More


Learning to Fly

Chia Youyee Vang

in Fly Until You Die: An Oral History of Hmong Pilots in the Vietnam War

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
April 2019
ISBN:
9780190622145
eISBN:
9780190622176
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190622145.003.0004
Subject:
History, Asian History, Military History

Once selected for pilot training, most participants entered the CIA’s covert Project Water Pump with much excitement, but chapter 3 reveals that they subsequently went through a tumultuous process. ... More


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