02 December 2013

Resourcefulness ~ Vietnam

The following was found on a Google+ discussion group, so I can't take credit for it.

Thought this was interesting.

New type of canoe? Nothing in Vietnam was ever wasted. The Vietnamese people don't waste a thing - this ought to be a BIG lesson to us!!!

Whatever happened to all those USAF fuel tanks that were jettisoned all over North and South Vietnam after the fuel was expended during their missions?

[As an aside, anybody who had been to the Mekong River delta region will likely never forget those red clay soils. ... and just in case you want to know more about Vietnamese soil types ~ go here > the UN's Food and Agriculture Oorganization's Country Pasture/Forage Resource Profiles (sorry, the nascent geologist in me just cropped up)]

Apparently they’re being put to good used as boats in the navigable rivers of SE Asia.

F-4 Phantom fully loaded with fuel tanks and arms …

You can find more about the F4 series of fighter jets at Wikipedia: McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II.

[Click on the image to the right to see the stats better] Note: Original amounts were in 1965 United States dollars. The figures in these tables have been adjusted for inflation.

A single one of these babies (the F-4C) would cost 27,888,870 USD to build today.

The fuel tanks before being, well, refurbished.

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