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RTAF News 2016

 
 

A decommission ceremony was held at the RTAFB Phitsanulok on 18. December 2015 to mark the retirement of the GAF Nomad from the RTAF service. On the same day, the final aircraft was flown to the RTAF Museum at RTAFB Dom Buang near Bangkok. The GAF Nomad had been flown by the RTAF since 1982 and was used in a wide variety of roles.
27. March 2016

 

 

Additional Saab JAS 39C/D Gripen fighters procurement?
The Royal Thai Air Force plans to purchase 6 additional Saab JAS 39C/D Gripen fighters.
27. March 2016

 

 

On the 22. October 2015 the first of three Sukhoi RRJ-95B Superjet #60317 (s/n 95093 / 97015) was delivered to the 603 Squadron at RTAFB Don Muang. The Sukhoi RRJ-95B Superjet will supplement the existing ATR-72 in service of 603 Squadron.
The second Sukhoi RRJ-95B Superjet #603?? (s/n 95095 / 97014) was delivered on 15. December 2015.
27. March 2016

 

 

After a competition between the KAI T-50 Golden Eagle , Hongdu L-15, Alenia Aermacchi M-346, Aero L-159 ALCA & Aero L-39NG the RTAF ordered in September 2015 4 KAI T-50 Golden Eagle as new Light Attack plane, delivery estimated in 2017
27. March 2016

 

                   
 


Last update 28. January 2016 (08)

 
   
 

RTAF Anniversary

 

Bangkok: 2557 (or 2014) is not only the year in which the venerable Avro 748 celebrates its 50th anniversary, no the Aero L39ZA Albatross celebrates an anniversary. For 20 years the RTAF uses this light attack aircraft.
The L-39ZA were initially flown by the 101 & 102 squadron in Khorat and are now in the servic by the 401Squadron in Thakli and 411 Squadron in Chiang Mai. From 1994 on, the RTAF received a total of 40 planes of which about 5 were lost in accidents.
To mark the anniversary, some planes were presented with a special livery of all four season markings, present was also a Lockheed C-130H Hercules with special livery.

 
  Aero Albatross L-39ZA #41133 (s/n 365504) (Photo courtesy of Sakpinit Promthep) Aero Albatross L-39ZA #41133 (s/n 365504) (Photo courtesy of Sakpinit Promthep) Aero Albatross L-39ZA #41133 (s/n 365504) (Photo courtesy of Sakpinit Promthep) Aero Albatross L-39ZA #41133 (s/n 365504) (Photo courtesy of Sakpinit Promthep)  
 
  Aero Albatross L-39ZA #41133 (s/n 365504) (Photo courtesy of Sakpinit Promthep) Aero Albatross L-39ZA #41133 (s/n 365504) (Photo courtesy of Sakpinit Promthep) Aero Albatross L-39ZA #41133 (s/n 365504) (Photo courtesy of Sakpinit Promthep) Aero Albatross L-39ZA #41133 (s/n 365504) (Photo courtesy of Sakpinit Promthep)  
 
  Aero Albatross L-39ZA #41133 (s/n 365504) (Photo courtesy of Sakpinit Promthep) Aero Albatross L-39ZA #40109 (s/n 365419) (Photo courtesy of Sakpinit Promthep) Aero Albatross L-39ZA #40109 (s/n 365419) (Photo courtesy of Sakpinit Promthep) Aero Albatross L-39ZA #40109 (s/n 365419) (Photo courtesy of Sakpinit Promthep)  
 
  Aero Albatross L-39ZA #40109 (s/n 365419) (Photo courtesy of Sakpinit Promthep) Aero Albatross L-39ZA #40101 (s/n 365405) (Photo courtesy of Sakpinit Promthep) Aero Albatross L-39ZA #40101 (s/n 365405) (Photo courtesy of Sakpinit Promthep) Aero Albatross L-39ZA #40101 (s/n 365405) (Photo courtesy of Sakpinit Promthep)  
         
 
  C-130H BL.8-8/33 10608 at Don Muang (Photo courtesy Sakpinit Promthep) C-130H BL.8-8/33 10608 at Don Muang (Photo courtesy Sakpinit Promthep) BL.2A-09/47 #46159 (Photo courtesy of Sakpinit Promthep). Airbus A-319 BL15-1/47 #60202 (Photo courtesy Sakpinit Promthep  
 
 

RTAF Avro 748

 

Bangkok: This year 2557 B.E.(or 2014) marks the 50th anniversary of the venerable Avro 748 or Hawker Siddeley 748 in the service of the RTAF. The first plane (s/n1570) was procured in 1964 and was used for the Royal Flight of Thailand. 1973 a second plane was procured. In August 1983 the RTAF take over four planes from the Thai Airways Ltd. and used them as transports. From the original six planes today are still five in use by the 603 Sqn at Don Muang Air Base.

  Avro 748-208 BL5-1/08 #60301 (Photo courtesy of a Sakpinit Promthep) Avro 748-208 BL5-1/08 #60301 (Photo courtesy of Sakpinit Promthep) Avro 748 BL5-4/26 #60304 (Photo courtesy of Sakpinit Promthep)  
  Avro 748 BL5-3/26 #60303 (Photo courtesy of Sakpinit Promthep) Avro 748 BL5-3/26 #60303 (Photo courtesy of Sakpinit Promthep) Avro 748 BL5-3/26 #60303 (Photo courtesy of Sakpinit Promthep) Avro 748 BL5-3/26 #60303 (Photo courtesy of Sakpinit Promthep)  
 
  Avro 748 BL5-3/26 #60303 (Photo courtesy of Sakpinit Promthep) Avro 748 BL5-3/26 #60303 (Photo courtesy of Sakpinit Promthep) Avro 748 BL5-3/26 #60303 (Photo courtesy of Sakpinit Promthep) Avro 748 BL5-6/26 #60306  (Photo courtesy of Sakpinit Promthep)  
 
  Airbus A-319 BL15-1/47 #60202 (Photo courtesy of Sakpinit Promthep) Airbus A-319 BL15-1/47 #60202 (Photo courtesy of Sakpinit Promthep) ATR-72-212A,  BL16-04/52 #60316  (Photo courtesy of Sakpinit Promthep) ATR-72-212A,  BL16-04/52 #60316  (Photo courtesy of Sakpinit Promthep)  
 
 

New A-320 for the RTAF

 

 
Airbus A-320-.214SL (Photo via RTAF) Airbus A-320-.214SL (Photo via RTAF) Airbus A-320-.214SL (Photo via RTAF)    

Bangkok: On 25 June 2013, the Thai Cabinet approved the purchase of an Airbus A-320 for THB 3.5 billion (U.S. $ 120 million). The plane with the serial number 6112 had its maiden flight in Mai 2014 and will be delivered in July to the 602 Squadron of 6 Wing atn Don Muang near Bangkok. The 602 squadron is responsible for all VIP flights and the "Royal Flight".

 

Peacemaker Crash

 

Bangkok: On Friday afternoon, 13th December 2013 at 1pm (local time) a Fairchild AU-23A Peacemaker of the Royal Thai Air Force slipped from the runway. The plane of the 501 squadron crashed at the Airbase of Prachuap Khiri Khan in the province of the same name.

The pilot was uninjured. The plane sank with the right front wheel into the sand next to the runway, the right wing crashed then on to the Runway. At time of the accident there was strong and windy weather and light mist which obstructed the sight.

 

Neue Bilder der RTAF

 
  Pilatus PC-9 (Photo courtesy RTAF) Pilatus PC-9 (Photo courtesy RTAF) Pilatus PC-9 (Photo courtesy RTAF) Pilatus PC-9 (Photo courtesy RTAF)  
  Pilatus PC-9 (Photo courtesy RTAF) Pilatus PC-9 (Photo courtesy RTAF) Pilatus PC-9 (Photo courtesy RTAF) Pilatus PC-9 (Photo courtesy RTAF)  
 
  Pilatus PC-9 (Photo courtesy RTAF) Pilatus PC-9 (Photo courtesy RTAF)    
 

New Pictures from the RTAF by Chakrit Samithinan

 

  Saab JAS-39C Grippen (Photo courtesy Chakrit Samithinan Saab JAS-39C Grippen (Photo courtesy Chakrit Samithinan) Saab JAS-39C Grippen (Photo courtesy Chakrit Samithinan Saab 340B Erieye BL-17-2 #70202 (Photo courtesy Chakrit Samithinan)  
  Pilatus PC-9 (Photo courtesy Chakrit Samithinan) Pilatus PC-9 (Photo courtesy Chakrit Samithinan) Aero Albatross L-39ZA above Chiang Mai Grippen (Photo courtesy Chakrit Samithinan) Aero Albatross L-39ZA Grippen (Photo courtesy Chakrit Samithinan  
  General Dynamics F-16A ADF Falcon (Photo courtesy Chakrit Samithinan) General Dynamics F-16A ADF Falcon (Photo courtesy Chakrit Samithinan) General Dynamics F-16A ADF Falcon (Photo courtesy Chakrit Samithinan) General Dynamics F-16A ADF Falcon (Photo courtesy Chakrit Samithinan)  
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Neuer Kommandant der RTAF

On 19 September 2012 Air Chief Marshal Prachin Chantong (7 March 1954) was appointed as the 22 commander of the Royal Thai Air Force. He took the office on 1 October 2012 and is elected for a term of 3 years.

 

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Some new Pictures about the RTAF from a friend (3. Juni 2012)

 

 

Lockheed F-16A Block 15 Fighting Falcon, 102 Sqn 10th Anniversary on the RTAFB Khorat 23. April 2012

 
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Some new Pictures about the RTAF from Paul van der Elskar

 

Intro
It has only a few informations over the aircraft of the Royal Thai Air Force outside of Thailand.  I'ts my goal to fill the gap and describe all planes of the RTAF (Royal Thai Air Force). I will here describe the Markings, Squadron isignas and Camouflagen or painting of the planes. The evolution of Markings ofer the years and the combat service of some planes.

Museum-02.jpg (68212 Byte)I's the Idea to collect all Informations about the RTAF and provide a database for Modellers and others. On this pages are all informations on the planes postet I get. It will be (someone) a dadabase on the Royal Thai Air Force. It is a great task and it will go on for some years, because ther are only a few sources and many false informations about the armed service of Thailand.

 


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Written 20. May 2006

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