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Fairchild AU-23A Peacemaker

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Aircraft of the Royal Thai Air Force
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Development

Entwicklung

 

The Pilatus PC-6 Porter is a single-engined STOL utility aircraft designed by Pilatus Aircraft of Switzerland. First flown in 1959, the PC-6 continues in production at Pilatus Flugzeugwerke in Stans, Switzerland. It has been built in both piston engine- and turboprop-powered versions and was produced under licence for a time by Fairchild Hiller in the United States.

The airframe is of a rugged and low-maintenance construction; featuring high levels of accessibility, interchangeability, and favourable manning levels. The wings, fuselage, and empennage are manufactured using conventional semi-monocoque construction techniques, the primary structure being composed of aluminium; the central structure retains critical strength despite the cutout areas for the sliding doors of the main cabin. Corrosion resistance is achieved via a combination of plating and a polyurethane-based enamel paint. The simple nature of the structure allows for ease of repair in the field. Features such as low-pressure tyres, twin-clipper disc brakes, and a highly energy-absorbent undercarriage enable the aircraft to be capable of operating from rough or otherwise challenging terrain.
 
  Die Pilatus PC-6 Porter ist ein einmotoriges STOL-Nutzflugzeug von Pilatus Aircraft aus der Schweiz. Der 1959 erstmals geflogene PC-6 wird bei den Pilatus Flugzeugwerken in Stans, Schweiz, weiter produziert. Es wurde sowohl in Kolbenmotor- als auch in Turboprop-Versionen gebaut und wurde von Fairchild Hiller in den USA eine Zeitlang in Lizenz hergestellt.
Die Flugzeugzelle ist von einer robusten und wartungsarmen Konstruktion; Sie zeichnen sich durch hohe Zugänglichkeit, Austauschbarkeit und günstige Wartung aus. Die Flügel, der Rumpf und das Leitwerk werden unter Verwendung herkömmlicher Halbschalen-Konstruktion hergestellt, wobei die Primärstruktur aus Aluminium besteht; Trotz der Aussparungen für die Schiebetüren der Hauptkabine behält die zentrale Struktur ihre kritische Stärke. Die Korrosionsbeständigkeit wird durch eine Kombination von Plattierung und einer Lackfarbe auf Polyurethanbasis erreicht. Die einfache Art der Struktur ermöglicht eine einfache Reparatur im Feld. Eigenschaften wie Niederdruckreifen, Scheibenbremsen und ein stark energieabsorbierendes Fahrgestell ermöglichen es dem Flugzeug, in rauem oder anderweitig anspruchsvollem Gelände zu arbeiten.
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Variants

Versionen

  A310-324

The -500 was designed for ultra long-haul routes

  A310-324

Die -500 wurde für Ultralangstrecken entwickelt.

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Operational history

Einsatzgeschichte

 

     
 

The Peacemaker is designated Attack Utility Aircraft No. 2  (BJTh-2 บจธ.๒).

 

Die Peacemaker wird als Angriffs-Mehrzweck-Flugzeug No. 2 (BJTh-2 บจธ.๒)  bezeichnet.

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531 Sqn. 53. Wing

531 Sqn. 53. Wing

531 Sqn. 53. Wing

 

 

531 Sqn. 53. Wing

531 Sqn. 53. Wing

531 Sqn. 53. Wing

 

 

501 Sqn. 5. Wing

501 Sqn. 5. Wing

501 Sqn. 5. Wing

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Specifications PC-6

Wingspan

Spannweite

15.9 m

Length

Länge

11.0 m

Height

Höhe

3.20 m
Wing area Flügelfläche 28.8 m²

Engine

Motor

1× Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-27 turboprop, 550 shp

Maximum speed

Höchstgeschwindigkeit

244 km/h

Empty weight

Leergewicht

1'270 kg

Loaded weight

Startgewicht

2'770 kg

Climb Rate

Steigrate

331 m/min

Service ceiling

Gipfelhöhe

8,197 m

Range

Reichweite

1,612 km

Armament

Bewaffnung

none

Capacity

Zuladung 10 passengers
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Pictures

Bilder

   
  Fairchild AU-23A Peacemaker #42085 ( Photo  courtesy RTAF via  Phakphum Tangkijjarak) Fairchild AU-23A Peacemaker #42077 ( Photo  courtesy RTAF via  Phakphum Tangkijjarak) Fairchild AU-23A Peacemaker #42077 (Photo  courtesy RTAF via  Phakphum Tangkijjarak) Fairchild AU-23A Peacemaker #42077 (Photo  courtesy RTAF via  Phakphum Tangkijjarak)  
   
  Fairchild AU-23A Peacemaker #42077 (Photo  courtesy RTAF via  Phakphum Tangkijjarak) Fairchild AU-23A Peacemaker #42077 ( Photo  courtesy RTAF via  Phakphum Tangkijjarak) Fairchild AU-23A Peacemaker #74-02075 at Saraburi Aero Park (Photo  courtesy Dave Milner) Fairchild AU-23A Peacemaker #74-02075 at Saraburi Aero Park (Photo  courtesy Dave Milner)  
   
  Fairchild AU-23A Peacemaker  (Photo collection of Phakphum Tangkijjarak) Fairchild AU-23A Peacemaker  (Photo  courtesy RTAF via  RTAF) Fairchild AU-23A Peacemaker (Photo collection of Phakphum Tangkijjarak) Fairchild AU-23A Peacemaker #42082 (Photo  courtesy RTAF via  a friend)  
   
  Fairchild AU-23A Peacemaker (Photo  courtesy RTAF via  a friend) Fairchild AU-23A Peacemaker (Photo  courtesy RTAF via  a friend) Fairchild AU-23A Peacemaker (Photo  courtesy RTAF via  a friend)

Fairchild AU-23A BJTh.2-01/15 21304 the first Peacemaker of the RTAF

 
   
  Fairchild AU-23A Peacemaker (Photo  courtesy RTAF via  a friend) Fairchild AU-23A Peacemaker #42079 (Photo  courtesy RTAF via  a friend) Fairchild AU-23A Peacemaker #42073 (Photo  courtesy RTAF via  a friend) Fairchild AU-23A Peacemaker (Photo  courtesy RTAF via  a friend)  
   
  Fairchild AU-23A Peacemaker (Photo  courtesy RTAF via  a friend) Fairchild AU-23A Peacemaker (Photo  courtesy RTAF via  a friend) Fairchild AU-23A Peacemaker (Photo  courtesy RTAF via  a friend) Fairchild AU-23A Peacemaker Note this Au-23A has no Sharmouth!  
   
  Fairchild AU-23A Peacemaker  BJTh.2-27/19 42086 (Photo  courtesy RTAF via  a friend) Fairchild AU-23A Peacemaker  BJTh.2-28/19 42087 (Photo courtesy of Analayo Korsakul). Fairchild AU-23A Peacemaker  BJTh.2-18/19 42077 (Photo  courtesy RTAF via  a friend) Fairchild AU-23A Peacemaker  (Photo  courtesy RTAF via  RTAF)  
   
  Fairchild AU-23A Peacemaker #21307(Photo  courtesy RTAF via  a friend) Fairchild AU-23A Peacemaker #42087(Photo  courtesy RTAF via  a friend) Fairchild AU-23A Peacemaker #42090 (Photo  courtesy RTAF via  a friend) Fairchild AU-23A Peacemaker #42087 (Photo  courtesy RTAF via  a friend)  
   
  Fairchild AU-23A Peacemaker BJTh.2-23/19 #42092 (Photo  courtesy RTAF via  a friend) Two shots of the Fairchild AU-23A Peacemaker BJTh.2-26/19  42085 at Don Muang (Photo  courtesy RTAF via  a friend) The same Fairchild AU-23A Peacemaker BJTh.2-26/19  42085 at Prachuap (Photo collection of Steve Penn)  
   
   Fairchild AU-23A Peacemaker #42077 ( Photo  collection  Phakphum Tangkijjarak) Fairchild AU-23A Peacemaker (Photo  courtesy RTAF via  a friend) Fairchild AU-23A Peacemaker (Photo  courtesy RTAF via  a friend) Fairchild AU-23A Peacemaker #42092 (Photo  courtesy RTAF via  a friend)  
   
  Fairchild AU-23A Peacemaker (Photo  courtesy RTAF via  a friend) Fairchild AU-23A Peacemaker (Photo  courtesy RTAF via  a friend) Fairchild AU-23A Peacemaker #42085 (Photo  courtesy RTAF via  a friend) Fairchild AU-23A Peacemaker #42085 (Photo  courtesy RTAF via  a friend)  
   
  Fairchild AU-23A Peacemaker #42085 (Photo  courtesy RTAF via  a friend) Fairchild AU-23A Peacemaker #42074 (Photo  courtesy RTAF via  a friend) Fairchild AU-23A Peacemaker (Photo collection of Phakphum Tangkijjarak) Fairchild AU-23A Peacemaker (Photo  courtesy RTAF via  a friend)  
       
  Fairchild AU-23A Peacemaker #42081 (Photo  courtesy RTAF via  a friend) Fairchild AU-23A Peacemaker (Photo  courtesy RTAF via  a friend)      
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Fairchild AU-23A Peacemaker
Type

Thai Serial

Reg.

s/n

Delivered

Withdrawn

Remarks

AU-23A BJTh2-01/15 72-1304 2050 1973 present -
AU-23A BJTh2-02/15 72-1305 2051 1973 5. Jan. 1989 Crashed
AU-23A BJTh2-03/15 72-1306 2052 1973 26. Jul. 1982 Crashed
AU-23A BJTh2-04/15 72-1308 2054 1973 present -
AU-23A BJTh2-05/15 72-1310 2056 1973 present -
AU-23A BJTh2-06/15 72-1311 2057 1973 Apr. 1977 probably w/o
AU-23A BJTh2-07/15 72-1312 2058 1973 2. Feb. 1978 Crashed
AU-23A BJTh2-08/15 72-1313 2059 1973 5. Feb. 1973 Crashed
AU-23A BJTh2-09/15 72-1314 2060 1973 present -
AU-23A BJTh2-10/15 72-1315 2061 1973 present -
AU-23A BJTh2-11/15 72-1316 2062 1973 present -
AU-23A BJTh2-12/15 72-1317 2039 1973 present -
AU-23A BJTh2-13/15 72-1318 2020 1973 present -
AU-23A BJTh2-14/19 74-2073 2073 Oct. 1975 18. Aug. 1978 Possible w/o
AU-23A BJTh2-15/19 74-2074 2074 Oct. 1975 present -
AU-23A BJTh2-16/19 74-2075 2075 Oct. 1975 Feb. 1990 w/o
AU-23A BJTh2-17/19 74-2076 2076 Oct. 1975 present -
AU-23A BJTh2-18/19 74-2077 2077 Oct. 1975 present -
AU-23A BJTh2-19/19 74-2078 2078 Oct. 1975 present -
AU-23A BJTh2-21/19 74-2080 2080 Oct. 1975 present -
AU-23A BJTh2-22/19 74-2081 2081 Oct. 1975 present -
AU-23A BJTh2-23/19 74-2082 2082 Oct. 1975 23. Mar. 2012 Crashed
AU-23A BJTh2-24/19 74-2083 2083 Oct. 1975 present -
AU-23A BJTh2-25/19 74-2084 2084 Oct. 1975 Apr. 1977 probably w/o
AU-23A BJTh2-26/19 74-2085 2085 Oct. 1975 present -
AU-23A BJTh2-27/19 74-2086 2086 Oct. 1975 present -
AU-23A BJTh2-28/19 74-2087 2087 Oct. 1975 present -
AU-23A BJTh2-29/19 74-2088 2088 Oct. 1975 present -
AU-23A BJTh2-30/19 74-2089 2089 Oct. 1975 18. Aug. 1978 Possible w/o
AU-23A BJTh2-31/19 74-2090 2090 Oct. 1975 6. Sep. 2005 w/o
AU-23A BJTh2-32/19 74-2091 2091 Oct. 1975 21. Jan. 1979 Crashed
AU-23A BJTh2-33/19 74-2092 2092 Oct. 1975 present -
AU-23A BJTh2-34/20 72-1307 2053 1977 present -
AU-23A - 72-1309 2055 1972 10. May 1972 Crashed
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Mishaps

Unfälle

  10. May 1972
72-1309
Crashed due to in-flight engine failure at Eglin AFB, Fl.
  5. Feb. 1973
BJTh2-08/15
Crashed into rice paddy at Khok Krathiam district, Lopburi province; Thai pilot & US instructor killed
  2. Feb. 1978
BJTh2-07/15
Crashed into sea off tambon Bothonglarng, Bangsaphanyai district, Prachuap Khiri Khan province; 7 killed;
  18. Aug. 1978
BJTh2-14/19 or
BJTh2-30/19
Crashed after take-off from a military airfield at Mueang district, Phitsanulok province; 2 killed
  21. Jan. 1979
BJTh2-32/19
Crashed into bush, 2km north of an airstrip in Sakhon Nakhon province; 4 killed.
  26. Jul. 1982
BJTh2-03/15
Crashed at gunnery range in Khok Samrong district, Lopburi province; 2 killed
  5. Jan. 1989
BJTh2-02/15
Crashed on take off from an airfield in Mueang district, Trat province; 2 killed
  Feb. 1990
BJTh2-16/19
Accident in Songkhla
  Jun. 1992
BJTh2-19/19
Accident in Nan; believed repaired
  23. Mar. 2012
BJTh2-23/19
Forced landing in Phanom Thuan district, Kanchanaburi on a flight from Prachuap Khiri Khan; 2 pilots uninjured, minor injuries to 1 mechanic
 

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