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King Vajiravudh Observes
Flying Demonstration



On January 13, 1914, His Majesty King Vajiravudh (King Rama VI) personnally viewed demonstration flight by the first three Thai pilots, Lieutenant Colonel Luang Sakdisulyavudh, Major Luang Arvudsikikorn and Captain Luang Thayanpikat at Sra Pathum Race Course. Later they were honoured to become the Pioneers and Founding Fathers of the RTAF.


First Landing at Don Muang
by Pioneers & Founding Fathers of RTAF


March 8, 1914
As aviation in Thailand developed, Sra Pathum Race Course was deemed too small and inconvenient. The Government therefore decided to relocate the airfield to its permanent site which was Don Muang for its size and location were more suitable. On March 8, 1915, the Pioneers and Founding Fathers of the RTAF flew to Don Muang Airfield for the first time.


Military Operations
Other Than War


Breguet 14 was primarily designed to be a reconnaissance bomber in the wartime. However, besides its military roles, the aircraft was also used to support welfare of Thai people. Breguet 14 flew airmail service and air ambulance providing airlift support for patients in remote areas of the country.



The Flight to India


In response to the invitation from Indian Government, Thailand sent two Boripat bombers to New Delhi for a goodwill visit. The flight, led by Colonel Phraya Vehasayan Silaprasit, left Don Muang on December 24, 1929 and successfully boosted the relationship between the two countries. The journey was the first-ever flight overseas by Thai designed and built aircraft.


Air Battle over Ban Yang
(Flight Lieutenant Chalermkiat Wattanangkura)


On January 24, 1941 during the French Indochina Conflict (1940-1941), Flight Lieutenant Chalermkiat Wattanangura led a flight of three Hawk IIs to reconnoiter Thai border. At Ban Yang near Aranyapradesh, the flight met an enemy Potez 25 reconnaissance biplane escorted by two MS-406 fighters so they intercepted. Flight Lieutenant Chalermkiat managed to shoot down the Potez.


Nagoya in Action


On January 28, 1941, during the French Indochina Conflict (1940-1941), the RTAF dispatched nine Ki-30 Nagoyas escorted by three Hawk 75s to bomb Pailin and Srisophon in French Indochina. The attack caused serious damage to the enemy. This was the last air operation of the conflict.

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Heroic Deed at Wing 5
Early in the morning of December 8, 1941, the Second World War broke out when Japanese forces invaded Thailand. One of the invasion forces landed at Manaow Bay in Prachuap Khiri Kan where they met a fierce resistance from Wing 5. Officers, enlisted men and conscripts withstood the attack, 40 men and 2 women died in the battle.


Hayabusa and B-29
(Flight Lieutenant Terdsak Worasap)

On November 27, 1944, during the Second World War (1941-1945), the Allied sent 55 B-29s to bomb Bang Sue Marshalling Yard in Bangkok. Flight Lieutenant Terdsak Worasap led a flight of 7 Ki-43 Hayabusas to intercept, which he shot down a B-29.


Air Battle Over Lampang
(Pilot Officer Kamrob Plengkham)


On November 11, 1944, during the Second World War (1941-1945), nine P-51 Mustangs and seven P-38 Lightnings attacked Lampang. The RTAF sent five Ki-27 Ota fighters to intercept. Although they fought courageously all Thai fighters were shot down. Pilot Officer Kamrob Plengkham could shoot down one P-51 and a P-38 was heavily damaged as well.


Unsung Hero


On March 6, 1973, during Anti-Communism Campaign, at Doi Phaji in Nan Province, Thai soldiers were seriously injured while fighting the Communist guerillas. The RTAF sent a UH-1H helicopter to rescue the wounded soldiers. Despite being heavily fired upon, the pilot managed to land his helicopter and evacuated the wounds safely to hospital.




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