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History

The f

Geschichte
1972 erwarb die RTAF 17 Cessna A-37A Dragonfly die die veralteten Sabre F-86F der 43 Staffel ersetzten. Die Cessna's wurden als Angriffsflugzeuge Nr. 6 bezeichnet. Das Einsatzprofil der Staffel wurde daher auch von Abfangjagd auf Erdangriff geändert. 1978 wurde die Staffel, die in Thakli beheimatet war, in 403 Staffel umbenannt.1980 wurden die Dragonfly an die 211 Staffel weitergegeben. Um die Verluste ausgleichen zu können wurden 1982 eine und 1985 zwei weitere Dragonfly erworben. Die letzten beiden waren vom verbesserten Typ OA-37B. Das Einsatzprofil wurde in der 80er Jahren um das Regenmachen erweitert. 1996 wurden die Dragonfly stillgelegt und die Staffel 211 auf F-5E Tiger umgeschult.

 
  43 Sqn. 4th Wing 403. Sqn. 4th Wing 211 Sqn. 21st Wing
 
  211 Sqn. 21st Wing 211 Sqn. 21st Wing 211 Sqn. 21st Wing

 

43 Staffel 4. Geschwader  
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Specifications A-37A

Wingspan

Spannweite

10.93 m

Length

Länge

8.62 m

Height

Höhe

2.70 m
Wing area Flügelfläche 17.09 m²

Engine

Motor

2× General Electric J85-GE-17A turbojet, 2,850 lbf each

Maximum speed

Höchstgeschwindigkeit

816 km/h

Empty weight

Leergewicht

2,817 kg

Loaded weight

Startgewicht

6,350 kg

Climb Rate

Steigrate

35.5 m/s

Service ceiling

Gipfelhöhe

12,730 m

Range

Reichweite

1,480 km

Armament

Bewaffnung

Up to 1,230 kg of Bombs and Rockets

Capacity

Zuladung Crew 2
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Pictures

Bilder

 Cessna OA-37B BJ.6-20/28 # 21114 (Photo courtesy of  Phakphum Tangkijjarak).

Three proud pilots of the 43 Sqn the first user of the Cessna A-37A in the RTAF (Photo courtesy of  Phakphum Tangkijjarak).

 Cessna A-37A BJ.6-5/15 #21121 (Photo courtesy of  Phakphum Tangkijjarak).

 Cessna A-37A (Photo courtesy of  Phakphum Tangkijjarak).

 Cessna OA-37B BJ.6-6/15 # 21122 (Photo courtesy of  Phakphum Tangkijjarak).

(Photo courtesa RTAF via Phakphum Tangkijjarak).  Cessna OA-37B BJ.6-19/28 # 21111 (Photo courtesy of  Phakphum Tangkijjarak). (Photo courtesy of  Phakphum Tangkijjarak).  (Photo courtesy of  Phakphum Tangkijjarak).  (Photo courtesy of  Phakphum Tangkijjarak).
 (Photo courtesy of  Phakphum Tangkijjarak).  (Photo courtesy of  Phakphum Tangkijjarak).  (Photo courtesy of  Phakphum Tangkijjarak). (Photo courtesy of  Phakphum Tangkijjarak).  (Photo courtesy of  Phakphum Tangkijjarak).
(Photo RTAF Museum). (Photo RTAF Museum). Markings of the 211 Sqn (Photo collection of Steve Penn) BJ.6-9/15 with extended speedbrakes (Photo collection of Steve Penn)

 Cessna A-37A BJ.6-17/15 #4345 from the 43 Aqn. 4. Wing (Photo courtesy of  Phakphum Tangkijjarak).

(Photo RTAF Museum). (Photo RTAF Museum). (Photo RTAF Museum). (Photo RTAF Museum). (Photo RTAF Museum).
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Serial, Cessna A-37B Dragonfly
Typ Thai Serial s/n Buzz Sqn / Wing Base Delivered Withdrawn Remarks
A-37B BJ.6-1/15 43334 / 71-0796 21111 211 Sqn 21 Wing RTAFB Ubon Ratchathani 1972 15.4.1984 former 4311 / 40311
A-37B BJ.6-2/15 43335 / 71-0797 21112 211 Sqn 21 Wing RTAFB Ubon Ratchathani 1972 1994 former 4312 / 40312
A-37B BJ.6-3/15 43336 / 71-0798 21113 211 Sqn 21 Wing RTAFB Ubon Ratchathani 1972 8.4.1983 former 4313 / 40313
A-37B BJ.6-4/15 43337 / 71-0799 21114 211 Sqn 21 Wing RTAFB Ubon Ratchathani 1972 8.1.1985 former 4314 / 40314
A-37B BJ.6-5/15 43338 / 71-0800 21121 211 Sqn 21 Wing RTAFB Ubon Ratchathani 1972 1994 former 4321 / 40321
A-37B BJ.6-6/15 43339 / 71-0801 21122 211 Sqn 21 Wing RTAFB Ubon Ratchathani 1972 24.4.1990 former 4322 / 40322
A-37B BJ.6-7/15 43340 / 71-0802 21123 211 Sqn 21 Wing RTAFB Ubon Ratchathani 1972 1994 former 4323 / 40323
A-37B BJ.6-8/15 43342 / 71-0804 21124 211 Sqn 21 Wing RTAFB Ubon Ratchathani 1972 1994 former 4324 / 40324
A-37B BJ.6-9/15 43341 / 71-0803 21131 211 Sqn 21 Wing RTAFB Ubon Ratchathani 1972 1994 former 4331 / 40331
A-37B BJ.6-10/15 43343 / 71-0805 4332 43 Sqn 4 Wing RTAFB Thakli 1972 3.12.1974 ...
A-37B BJ.6-11/15 43344 / 71-0806 4333 403 Sqn 4 Wing RTAFB Thakli 1972 22.6.1978 former 4333
A-37B BJ.6-12/15 43345 / 71-0807 21132 211 Sqn 21 Wing RTAFB Ubon Ratchathani 1972 1994 former 4334 / 40334
A-37B BJ.6-13/15 43346 / 71-0808 21133 211 Sqn 21 Wing RTAFB Ubon Ratchathani 1972 1994 former 4341 / 40341
A-37B BJ.6-14/15 43347 / 71-0809 21134 211 Sqn 21 Wing RTAFB Ubon Ratchathani 1972 1994 former 4342 / 40342
A-37B BJ.6-15/15 43348 / 71-0810 21141 211 Sqn 21 Wing RTAFB Ubon Ratchathani 1972 1994 former 4343 / 40343
A-37B BJ.6-16/15 43349 / 71-0811 21142 211 Sqn 21 Wing RTAFB Ubon Ratchathani 1972 1994 former 4344 / 40344
A-37B BJ.6-17/15 43350 / 71-0812 21143 211 Sqn 21 Wing RTAFB Ubon Ratchathani 1972 1994 former 4345 / 40345
A-37B BJ.6-18/25 43363 / 71-0825 21144 211 Sqn 21 Wing RTAFB Ubon Ratchathani 1982 1994 ...
OA-37B BJ.6-19/28 43169 / 68-10818 21111 211 Sqn 21 Wing RTAFB Ubon Ratchathani 1985 1994 ...
OA-37B BJ.6-20/28 43209 / 69-6364 21114 211 Sqn 21 Wing RTAFB Ubon Ratchathani 1985 1994 ...
                   

- Last update 30. December 2012

Written 20. May 2006

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