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GORAN WRAMBECK

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ONA Cabin Crew



Boeing 747-243B

DC8 63 (N8636) Frankfurt

DC 8 63 CFN866F
Sovereign Gatwick 1971
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Goran Wrambeck

Captain Bill Tedder


1966 Resurgence


N851


VIETNAM History/Politics

The Vietnamese are descendants of 
nomadic Mongols from China and 
migrants from Indonesia. According 
to mythology, the first ruler of 
Vietnam was Hung Vuong, who founded
the nation in BC 2879. China ruled 
the nation, then known as Nam Viet, 
as a vassal state from BC 111 until 
the 15th century AD. 

A century later, the Portuguese were 
the first Europeans to enter the 
area. France established its 
influence early in the 19th century, 
and within eighty years conquered 
the three regions in which the 
country was then divided into: 
Cochin-China, Annam, and Tonkin. 

Japan took over military bases in 
Vietnam in 1940, and a pro-Vichy 
French administration remained 
until 1945.

Ho Chi Minh's declaration of 
Vietnamese independence after World 
War II sparked violent 
confrontations with the French, 
culminating in the French military 
defeat at Dien Bien Phu in 1954. 

At the 1954 Geneva Conference the 
country was divided along the 17th 
parallel of latitude into Communist 
North Vietnam, led by Ho Chi Minh, 
with its capital at Hanoi, and pro-
Western South Vietnam, led by Ngo 
Dinh Diem, with its capital at 
Saigon. Political and ideological 
opposition quickly turned to armed 
struggle, prompting the USA and 
other countries to commit combat 
troops in 1965. The Paris Peace 
Agreements, signed in 1973, 
provided an immediate cease-fire 
and signalled the withdrawal of 
US troops. 

Saigon eventually capitulated to 
the Communist forces on 30 April 
1975. In April 2001 reform-minded 
Nong Duc Manh was appointed 
general secretary of the ruling 
Communist Party, succeeding 
Le Kha Phieu.



HOTEL METROPOLE, RUSSIA

1966 N852F Contender

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GORAN WRAMBECK


I remember one flight from Honolulu
/Wake/Okinawa and from there ferry 
to Tokyo. Mostly I was assigned to 
the flight route McGuire/Anchorage
/Tokyo roundtrip and some time to 
Guam. I had one Vietnam trip from 
Tokyo to Vietnam. I think it was 
Da Nang. The cabin crew wasnt 
allowed to leave the aircraft but 
had to stay on board. Me being male 
was allowed to deplane to clear 
paperwork before departure. I know 
there was talk about bulletholes on 
the fuselage, but cant say whether 
it was on our plane or someone 
elses - everybody were very quiet 
and serious. It was very nervous. 
Anyway we left very soon and went 
back to Tachikawa AFB Tokyo. 
Dispatch after that didnt want me 
on any more Vietnam flights since 
they rather assigned beautiful 
ladies on these flights! I was put 
purser on DC-7B to transport 
homecoming deserting / delinquent 
GIs, flying Oakland / Corpus 
Christi and Fort Smith. Those were 
horrible flights. The MP werent 
allowed any weapons in the cabin 
and the delinquents were loosened 
from their handcuffs. They were 
served box lunches. The only cabin 
crew assigned on those flights were 
me, being the purser and another 
steward Jurand, I think he was 
Russian. I dont remember the Vietnam 
flights very much but these other 
flights I remember well since they 
were really rough and from what I 
understand dangerous and risky. 
Captain Billy Tedder told me that 
the cockpit got extra money for 
performing these flights, but cabin
crew had no extra money! I have 
kept my cabin-checkout for DC-7B 
among my memorabilia. 



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