Divert a C-130?
Lt. Pham Quang Khiem, who goes by Khiem Pham, was a South Vietnamese Air Force pilot in April 1975, when he fled the country with his family in tow.
At that point, it seemed certain that the country would fall to the communist North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces and Khiem Pham, then 27, feared he and his relatives in the military would be captured by their enemy and forced to do hard labor. They might die doing it, he thought.
So, Pham and a close friend devised a plan.
The United States, an ally to South Vietnam, had pulled out two years before, but they’d provided pilot training and airplanes. One of those airplanes was the C-130 that Khiem Pham now keeps pictures of in his wallet and phone.
Pham talked another member of the Air Force into letting him co-pilot the plane and he gave his family notice to meet at an abandoned airstrip. The other crew members didn’t know the true plan until they landed, and the buddies unloaded the rice they were supposed to be delivering.
The family made it to Singapore a few hours later and would become refugees in California before eventually settling in Dayton, Ohio. The U.S. took the plane back. Khiem Pham went on to be commercial pilot. He’s since retired.
“They came to Vietnam and fight along us and I have to thank them for the fight for our freedom. I just think, I wish we won the war, so we don’t have any regret.”
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