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DAYTON, Ohio -- The C-141 "Hanoi Taxi" taxis past the National Museum of the United States Air Force after its final flight on May 6, 2006. The "Hanoi Taxi" was the first aircraft to return Vietnam prisoners of war to the United States on Feb. 12, 1973. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jeff Fisher)
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C-141 'Hanoi Taxi' now on display at museum

Posted 8/18/2006   Updated 9/21/2006 Email story   Print story

    


by Sarah Swan
National Museum of the U.S. Air Force


8/18/2006 - DAYTON, Ohio -- The first aircraft to return Vietnam prisoners of war to the United States is now on public display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force.

The C-141 "Hanoi Taxi" was the first aircraft to arrive in Hanoi in February 1973 to pick up the POWs returning to the United States. The "Hanoi Taxi" was one of several aircraft involved in repatriating more than 500 American POWs held by the North Vietnamese.

The historic aircraft made its final landing at the museum on May 6, 2006. A ceremony was held following the aircraft's arrival, and former Vietnam POWs and past crew members were in attendance to witness the event.

The aircraft joins seven other aircraft in the museum's outdoor Air Park. The museum is home to more than 300 aircraft and missiles.

The National Museum of the United States Air Force is located on Springfield Pike, six miles northeast of downtown Dayton. It is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day). Admission and parking are free.

NOTE TO MEDIA: For more information, contact the National Museum of the United States Air Force Public Affairs Division at (937) 255-4704, ext. 333.



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