Revetments built for Vietnam War finally removed from Tan Son Nhat airport

By Gia Minh   October 6, 2022 | 08:16 pm PT
Revetments built for Vietnam War finally removed from Tan Son Nhat airport
One of the 12 aircraft revetments is demolished at Tan Son Nhat airport as seen in the right corner of this photo taken on October 4, 2022. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Tran
The 12 aircraft revetments built by the U.S. in HCMC's Tan Son Nhat airport for use during the Vietnam War (1955-1975) are being dismantled.

The Air and Air Defense Force is in charge of the task.

Revetments are a parking area for one or more aircraft surrounded by blast walls on three sides.

Those at Tan Son Nhat measure 20 m long, 10 m wide and 3 m high, and prevent a new taxiway from being used, affecting the operation of large aircraft.

By Thursday four of the revetments had been removed.

Only their portion above ground is being demolished since their foundation does not affect the airport. Such an option will help reduce the cost of the removal, according to the Transport Construction Investment Management Authority under the Ministry of Transport.

The air force had estimated earlier that the removal and construction of seven new ones in an unobtrusive place in the airport will cost VND95 billion (US$4 million).

In the meantime, the adjustment of the cost is still being calculated, according to the authority.

Of the new revetments planned, three will be 22 m long and 30 m wide while the rest will be 60 m long and wide, and all can hold the military aircraft used by the country.

Tan Son Nhat is the largest and busiest airport in Vietnam, handling 840-850 flights and 130,000 passengers a day.

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