Faced with impending collapse, South Vietnam braced for the incoming communist army.
At Tan Son Nhut (Saigon) Airport, Pan American World Airways Station Manager's main concern was how to get the employees, their families and as many others, out of Vietnam.
Scrambling for legal paperwork, aircraft, crews, a destination, and a plan, the airport Station Manager coordinated the evacuation of more than 300 Vietnamese Pan Am employees and their families on April 24, 1975. The week before, he helped coordinate Operation Baby Lift evacuating over 600 orphaned babies.
On May 1st, 1975, Saigon fell.
Pan American World Airways Saigon Station Manager Mr Al Topping and a few of his Vietnamese staff honored at Pan Am Museum’s 2019 Gala. Mr Topping was involved with Operation Babylift and we encourage you to watch the based on actual events movie, about that Pan Am flight on April 25, 1975, the “Last Flight Out”. Mr Topping is played by James Earl Jones.