ASP-1 Da Nang Viet Nam
Da Nang
I donít have many photos of Da Nang, they seem to have disappeared over the years.
The first of this series of photos is a Canberra medium bomber taking off and loaded for
action, this is plain to see by how low he is after taking off from one of Da Nangís super
long runways. The area in the photo is the southern end of the airstrip, today it is full of
homes and small shops.
Trung Nu Vuong Street was the southern edge of Da Nang city in 1966 - 1967 today it sits in the north eastern fifth of
the city!
The first two photos are of the beginning of Trung Nu Vuong by the river then and now. The Vietnamese loved banners
back in the day, they still have the passion today. I was in Da Nang for Ho Chi Minhs birthday, there were banners
everywhere proclaiming that.
Another sight that you saw and still do today are the burial pagodas. The first two were taken along route 1 between
Red Beach and FLSG-A. The third I saw along the bay between the eastern end of Da Nang and Red Beach. This is the
most interesting Pagoda I personally have ever seen. What a nice way to spend eternity!
Here are some views of one of the bridges crossing the river Han. This bridge is arguably the most picturesque.The center
section rotates open to allow bigger ships to pass through. There is a strict schedule usually late at night when it opens to
boat traffic.
I couldn't get over how much Da Nang has changed for the better. In addition to being at least five times bigger in
area, Da Nang is also a nice blend of the old and new. Here is a small sample of Da Nang today. The Green Plaza
Hotel is where I stayed while in Da Nang.
Still running 40+ years later! You see these every now and then along the way.
You don't have to travel far to be in the country! This photo
was taken behind Dogpatch
A typical Da Nang sunset
I took these photos on Monkey Mountain. As the photos prove there are monkeys on Monkey Mountain.
China Beach today is even more beautiful than I remembered.
Last but not least on this page is Marble Mountain, Marble Mountain was always visable from the dump. The last photo is
two Vietnamese ladies that stopped to chat while I was taking a photo of the monestary on the mountain. Vietnamese are
natural born salesman and do not take no for an answer. Their philosophy seems to be that just because you said no fifty
times , perhaps on the fifty-first you will relent. They ended up luring me to their shop where I succumbed to their
salesmanship and purchased two small marble pieces. The old American hangars today have the same old look that the
French bunkers had back in 1966. It seems that the Vietnamese have removed every trace of the French, at least around
Da Nang. Between the old helicopter base and Marble Mountain is a Vietnamese AA Battery.
Home Movie Han River and Da Nang Bay, click on thumbnail to download/view.
Joe Capozzo
Joe Capozzo