Dangerous landings at Toncontin International Airport0: The airport, located in Tegucigalpa — the capital of Honduras — has a reputation as one of the most treacherous airports in the world due to a difficult approach and a tragic history of deadly plane crashes. Surrounded by mountains and residential neighbourhoods, pilots must execute a dramatic 45 degree turn after negotiating the mountainous terrain just minutes prior to touching down in the bowl-shaped valley. Not only does that make taking off and landing more challenging but the site — built on the southern edge of Tegucigalpa in — still operates with old navigation equipment. The deadliest accident occurred in , when a Boeing commercial plane crashed into a mountainside on approach, killing people. Morgue technician Luis Tellez told local media at the time that most of the bodies were burned beyond recognition.
Each firing site consists of a control building, from where the test is controlled and monitored, an instrumentation room for measurements, a data analysis room, ammunition buildings and ablution facilities. Ammunition can be assembled, disassembled and stored on the firing site. Guns can be mounted on concrete slabs or deployed on the ground. Concrete bunkers protect the gun crew while firing. The assembly workshop is fitted with a 25 ton overhead crane with a 7.
One of the earliest photos I had seen upon arriving at Pleiku was destroyed Russian tanks on lowboys in the 27th Trans. The firebase at Ben Het was a strategic position that had to be over run or neutralized for the NVA offensive to succeed. The firebase could lay down sustained heavy artillery fire in support of the entire region. There were also continuous flights of Phantom and A-1 Skyraiders all day.