Scrap Metal From the Secret War in Laos – Turned into Fishing Boats.
Above Photo: A Fuel Tank Boat on the Sepon River in Laos.
Always pragmatic and innovative in their use of Vietnam War scrap, fishermen on rivers in Laos have come up with a novel way of usefully recycling war junk.
Aeroplane fuel tanks, which were used to increase the flying time and distance of aircraft during the Secret War in Laos, have been turned into light, rust-free fishing boats in modern-day Laos.
When they were empty, these fuel tanks were dropped over jungle and rivers, especially close to the Ho Chi Minh Trail, although they were also dropped full, if a pilot needed to increase his aircraft’s maneuverability under anti-aircraft fire.
In some parts of Laos they can now be seen reincarnated into highly durable river craft, as the accompanying photographs show.
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