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|Date of Independence:|
|20 July 1954|
|Total Area Ranking:|
|n/a of 236 in the World|
|Population Size Ranking:|
|n/a of 242 in the World|
Located in Southeast Asia on the Indochinese Peninsula, South Vietnam comprised the southern half of the former French colony of Viet Nam. It was bordered by North Vietnam to the north, Laos to the west, Cambodia to the south west and the South China Sea to the east.
The terrain in South Vietnam could be divided into three areas – the costal lowlands, the central highlands and the Mekong River delta. A narrow coastal strip ran from Da Nang down to Nha Trang and was relatively highly populated. Further inland the Annamite Mountains ran into Laos and created the Central Highlands, which were mostly inhabited by ethnic minorities. The lower one third of South Vietnam, including the Mekong River System, was a low and marshy flat land, while further north and east, upland forests as well as rugged terrain dominated. The fertile Mekong region was extremely good for rice growing.
South Vietnam had a total land area of 173,809 sq km (67,108 sq miles) and had a population of 12.0 million in 1955, increasing to 19.58 million in 1974. The main ethnic groups were Kinh 90%, Hoa Chinese 6%, Montagnard 2%, Cambodian 1% and Eurasians & others 1%. The capital city was Saigon.
Further National Information
Text to be added on the development of aviation in South Vietnam.
Civil Aircraft Registrations
South Vietnam civil aircraft used the registration sequence XV-AAA to XV-ZZZ from 1954 to 1975.
All-time South Vietnam – civil aircraft register (F-VNaa XV-aaa).
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Military Air Arms
Air Force (Vietnam Air Force) [1955-1975]
Foreign military air arms-
Australia – RAAF
Australia – Australian Army Aviation
USA – US Air Force
USA – US Army
USA – US Coast Guard
USA – US Marine Corps
USA – US Navy
Central Government Agencies
Public Service Aviation
Medical Aviation – no EMS service for the civilian population
Police Aviation (Republic of Vietnam National Police) – no aviation unit
To be added
None at present.
Aircraft Maintenance/Repair Depots
Civil Airports & Airfields
Tan Son Nhat
Military Air Bases & Airfields
Military Air Bases Listing – to be added.
None known for the 1955-1975 period.
To be added