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บล.๔ก     BL.4A     Fairchild  C-123K Provider
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History

As addition and replacement for the C-123B starting from 1973 various C-123K were supplied to the RTAF. Many machines belonged in former times to the VNAF and the Air America. 20 planes could be identified yet, officially 24 planes wehre indicated. 1991 the last machines where deactivated. But three (576, 289 & 698) however had, of instruction of the king, re-entered service for the Royal Rainmaking unit in 1994. In 1995 the Type was finally withdrawn.

Geschichte

Als Ergänzung und Ersatz für die C-123B wurden ab 1973 diverse C-123K an die RTAF geliefert. Viele Maschinen gehörten früher der VNAF und der Air America. 20 Maschinen konnten identifiziert werden doch wird der Bestand offiziell mit 24 Maschinen angegeben. 1991 wurden die letzten Maschinen ausser Dienst gestellt. drei  (576, 289 & 698) mussten jedoch auf Weisung des Königs für die Royal Rainmaking Unit 1994 wieder in Dienst genommen werden ehe sie 1995 endgültig ausgemustert wurden. 

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Specifications C-123K

Wingspan

Spannweite

33.53 m

Length

Länge

23.92 m

Height

Höhe

10.36 m
Wing area Flügelfläche 113.60 m²

Engine

Motor

2× Pratt & Whitney R-2800-99W 18-cylinder radial engines, 2,300 hp each

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

Maximum speed

Höchstgeschwindigkeit

367 km/h

Empty weight

Leergewicht

16,042 kg

Loaded weight

Startgewicht

27,000 kg

Climb Rate

Steigrate

5.8 m/s

Service ceiling

Gipfelhöhe

8,800 m

Range

Reichweite

1,666 km

Armament

Bewaffnung

none

Capacity

Zuladung Crew 4,
11,000 kg of cargo or
62 Troops

VC-123K BL.4A-7/16 #569 (Photo from the collection of Phakphum Tangkijjarak) 289 (Photo courtesy of Top Gun magazine via Vidya Tapasanan)

Pictures

Bilder

C-123K BL.4A-5/16 #542 (Photo from the collection of Phakphum Tangkijjarak)   C-123K BL4A-1/16 #576 (Photo from the collection of Phakphum Tangkijjarak) C-123K  BL.4A-8/16 #289 (Photo from the collection of Phakphum Tangkijjarak) C-123K  BL.4A-16/18 #700 (Photo from the collection of Phakphum Tangkijjarak) C-123K BL4A-1/16 #576 (Photo from the collection of Phakphum Tangkijjarak)
C-123K BL4A-1/16 #576 (Photo from the collection of Phakphum Tangkijjarak)  C-123K BL4A-1/16 #576 (Photo from the collection of Phakphum Tangkijjarak) VC-123K BL.4A-7/16 #569 (Photo from the collection of Phakphum Tangkijjarak) C-123K (Photo from the collection of Phakphum Tangkijjarak) C-123K (Photo from the collection of Phakphum Tangkijjarak)
C-123K BL.4A-10/18 used for the movie "Air America" with mel Gibson. (Photo from the collection of Phakphum Tangkijjarak) C-123K BL.4A-10/18 #54-0698 (Photo courtesy of  Phakphum Tangkijjarak). C-123K BL.4A-18/18 #553 (Photo from the collection of Phakphum Tangkijjarak) C-123K BL.4A-12/18 #566 (Photo from the collection of Phakphum Tangkijjarak) C-123K BL.4A-8/16 #289 (Photo courtesy of  Phakphum Tangkijjarak).
 
C-123K (BL.4A-6/16) 55-4548 painted as 55-569 in Front of the Parachute Battalion HQ. (Photo courtesy of  Michael E. Fader). VC-123K BL.4A-7/16 #569 (Photo collection Phakphum Tangkijjarak) VC-123K BL.4A-7/16 #569 (Photo collection Phakphum Tangkijjarak) 289 (Photo courtesy of Top Gun magazine via Vidya Tapasanan)  
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USAF C-123K

In 1967 Thai crew member where brought into the USAF transport fleet to ease an existing pilot shortage. The Thai pilots where assigned to the 19 TAS (then 19 ACS Air Commando Squadron) of the 315 TAW at Prang Rang South Vietnam. The Pilots where send from the C-123B Sqn. of the 6th Wing at RTAFB Don Muang to Vietnam. The Thai pilots where highly qualified, even including a few instructor pilots in their numbers. In flying the 19 TAS Provider, they had only to get used the added jet engines of the USAF C-123K. The rest was of what they learned had to do with mission technique. The Thais stayed for a 6 month them in Vietnam before they rotated back to Thailand and where replaces by other crews. 

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Although the Thai crews where often assigned to the regular aircraft of the 19 TAS, three of the 19 TAS C-123K carried Thai markings over the USAF paint, but the aircraft belonged still to the USAF. (54-650 c/n 20099, 54-686 c/n 20135 and 56-4360 c/n 20244)

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The reason to use Thai markings was to give a visual evidence of the RTAF’s presence and the prestige of the crews to fly a foreign aircraft, even when they fly home to Bangkok and where greeted by the RTAF chief of staff. The C-123K where USAF planes and at each flight at least a member of the USAF had to be on aboard, given the Thai an impression being not “big enough boys”. The deployment of the RTAF in Vietnam ended at the end of 1970. 

USAF C-123K

1967 wurden Thailändische Besatzungen in die Transportflotte der USAF integriert da die USAF über zu wenige Piloten verfügte. The Thais wurden der 19 TAS (damals 19 ACS Air Commando Squadron) der 315 TAW in Prang Rang Süd Vietnam zugeteilt. Die Piloten wurden von den C-123b Staffeln der 6 Wing aus RTAFB Don Muang an Vietnam entsandt. The Thailändischen Piloten waren hoch qualifiziert sogar eine Instruktoren waren unter ihnen. Um die Provider der 19 TAS fliegen zu können mussten sie nur die Verwendung der Strahltriebwerke der USAF C-123K erlernen. Den Rest den sie erlernten hatten mit den zu fliegenden Missionen zu tun. Die Thais blieben für 6 Monate in Vietnam bevor sie nacht Thailand zurückkehrten und durch andere Crews ersetzt wurden. 

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Die Thai Crews wurden oftmals regulären Maschinen der 19 TAS zugeteilt, drei C-123K der 19 TAS trugen daher Thailändische Markierungen über denen der USAF, die Maschinen gehörten jedoch immer noch der USAF. (54-650 c/n 20099, 54-686 c/n 20135 und 56-4360 c/n 20244)

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Der Grund für die Verwendung von Thailändischen Kennzeichen lag darin ein Zeichen für die Präsenz der RTAF zu geben und um das Prestige der Crews zu fördern die in fremden Maschinen flogen. Dies speziell wenn die Besatzungen nach Bangkok flogen und vom Stab der Luftwaffe empfangen wurden. Da die C-123K von der USAF waren musste auf jedem Flug ein Angehöriger der USAF an Bord sein, dies gab den Thai das Gefühl "junior Partner" zu sein. Der Einsatz der RTAF in Vietnam endete gegen Ende 1970.

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Serial, Fairchild C-123K Provider
Typ Thai Serial s/n Buzz Sqn / Wing Base Delivered Withdrawn Remarks
C-123K BL4A-1/16 20025 / 54-576 576 602 Sqn. 6 Wing RTAFB Don Muang 17.6.1973 17.11.1995 used in the movie 'Operation Dumbo Drop' ex VNAF
C-123K BL.4A-2/16 20033 / 54-584 584 602 Sqn. 6 Wing RTAFB Don Muang 21.6.1973 21.6.1977 ...
C-123K BL.4A-3/16 20075 / 54-626 626 602 Sqn. 6 Wing RTAFB Don Muang 15.6.1973 29.7.1977 ex. SVAF
C-123K BL.4A-4/16 20119 / 54-670 670 602 Sqn. 6 Wing RTAFB Don Muang 21.6.1973 27.2.1984 ex. SVAF
C-123K BL.4A-5/16 20203 / 55-4542 542 602 Sqn. 6 Wing RTAFB Don Muang 17.6.1973 27.2.1984 ex. SVAF
C-123K BL.4A-6/16 20209 / 55-4548 548 602 Sqn. 6 Wing RTAFB Don Muang 23.6.1973 27.2.1984 ex. SVAF / preserved at Don Muang
VC-123K BL.4A-7/16 20230 / 55-4569 569 602 Sqn. 6 Wing RTAFB Don Muang 23.6.1973 .2.1991 ex. SVAF / used in the movie 'Air America'
C-123K BL.4A-8/16 20299 / 57-6289 289 602 Sqn. 6 Wing RTAFB Don Muang 14.6.1973 15.11.1995 ex. SVAF
C-123K BL.4A-9/18 20140 / 54-691 691 602 Sqn. 6 Wing RTAFB Don Muang 22.9.1975 21.3.1989 ...
C-123K BL.4A-10/18 20147 / 54-698 698 602 Sqn. 6 Wing RTAFB Don Muang 18.9.1975 17.11.1995 used in the movie 'Air America'
C-123K BL.4A-11/18 20226 / 55-4565 565 602 Sqn. 6 Wing RTAFB Don Muang 17.10.1975 2.10.1990 ...
C-123K BL.4A-12/18 20227 / 55-4566 566 602 Sqn. 6 Wing RTAFB Don Muang 18.9.1975 6.5.1983 ...
C-123K BL.4A-13/18 20231 / 55-4570 570 602 Sqn. 6 Wing RTAFB Don Muang 9.9.1975 21.3.1989 ...
C-123K BL.4A-14/18 20129 / 54-680 680 602 Sqn. 6 Wing RTAFB Don Muang 28.11.1975 27.2.1984 ...
C-123K BL.4A-15/18 20131 / 54-682 682 602 Sqn. 6 Wing RTAFB Don Muang 20.11.1975 27.2.1984 ex. SVAF
C-123K BL.4A-16/18 20149 / 54-700 700 602 Sqn. 6 Wing RTAFB Don Muang 20.11.1975 21.5.1991 ex. USAF
C-123K BL.4A-17/18 20162 / 54-713 713 602 Sqn. 6 Wing RTAFB Don Muang 28.11.1975 13.2.1991 preserved Surasri Army Camp, Kanchanaburi
C-123K BL.4A-18/18 20214 / 55-4553 553 602 Sqn. 6 Wing RTAFB Don Muang 11.11.1975 21.3.1989 ex. SVAF
C-123K BL.4A-19/19 20085 / 54-636 636 602 Sqn. 6 Wing RTAFB Don Muang 6.2.1976 11.1.1977 ...
C-123K BL.4A-20/19 20237 / 55-4576 576A 602 Sqn. 6 Wing RTAFB Don Muang 6.2.1976 2.10.1990 ex. Air America
C-123K BL.4A-21 ? ? 602 Sqn. 6 Wing RTAFB Don Muang ? ? ...
C-123K BL.4A-22 ? ? 602 Sqn. 6 Wing RTAFB Don Muang ? ? ...
C-123K BL.4A-23 ? ? 602 Sqn. 6 Wing RTAFB Don Muang ? ? ...
C-123K BL.4A-24 ? ? 602 Sqn. 6 Wing RTAFB Don Muang ? ? ...
                   

- Last update 30. December 2012 Written 20. May 2006

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