My Ride to The Secret Airfield of Long Tieng

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  1. Larry Baraniuk

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    Sure enough, the turn off (and bridge)to get to the secret city of Long Tieng is 40 km's away from Houay Kham.Another 8 Km's up the road from the bridge and I finally found myself in the valley of the secret city.The first land mark that I recognized (referring to an old black and white picture found in the book called "The Ravens") was the vertically rising mountain which was called the "Vertical Speed Brake" I managed to find a location on the road where I could just barely see the run way. From there you can see why they gave that mountain that name.
    The secret city is still a secret.
    I got stopped and turned around at the gate thats located near the air field.
    To get past the gate you have to have a permit.I guess this is the beginning of the "Restricted Area".
    I didn't mind being turned around at this point because I was kind of expecting it.
    My objective was to get some pictures of what this valley looks like today, and I succeeded.
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    The Gates Of The Secret City.
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    All thats left is just half the original length of the run-way.
    This picture just barely shows the run-way and shows why the mountain at the end is called "The Vertical Speed Brake".

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    A picture of me sporting my Rolex GMT Master watch which was a popular watch worn by many Raven pilots in this area many years ago.
    I got the watch in Saigon for $20 US
     

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