Today Vietnam Airlines has a new fleet of Euro Air Buses and flies the skies above Vietnam with confident, experienced pilots both Vietnamese and European trained. The flights are comfortable and most often on time and reliable if you don’t get bumped by a government big shot. Yes, no more escape ropes.
On that first flight back to Vietnam in 1989 as we stepped off the plane in Saigon we said together, “We’re back, we’re better and were bigger.” They say a picture says a thousand words; here is Big Mau from California standing next to a group of Vietnamese soldiers. All the children wanted to rub Mau’s Buda belly, as a token of good luck. Can you tell which one is the American in the photo? We were always bigger and we are back.