The Vietnamese Airborne Brigade jump school at Camp Hoa No Hoa Than, is the only school of its kind in the Republic of Vietnam.
Vietnamese airborne symbol.
Republic of Vietnam Airborne Training Center sign. Airborne trainees in formation in the background.
Vietnamese trainees practising landing falls from a slide.
Trainees practising drag recovery.
Trainees jumping from a 34' tower.
Trainees practising jumps from an old French aircraft fuselage.
Airborne trainees jumping from C-47 aircraft.
Parachutists coming down through the clouds.
Troops "hit the ground."
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Background: The Vietnamese Airborne Brigade jump school at Camp Hoa No Hoa Than, is the only school of its kind in the Republic of Vietnam.
The school opened in 1956, and was run by Vietnamese Airborne personnel until 1961. At that time U.S. Advisors were sent to the school to advise and assist in training the Vietnamese Airborne trainees. Twenty Vietnamese con-commissioned officers instruct and train trainees per cycle. The course is three weeks long. All trainees are volunteers. After completing the training, the Airborne soldiers are usually assigned to the Vietnamese Airborne Brigade. A few are sent to Vietnamese Special Forces.
Film shows trainees going through different phases of the training cycle. U.S. Advisors and School Commandant observing trainees as they jump out of the 34' tower, and the Vietnamese trainees jumping out of an aircraft which is the final phase of the training cycle.