Chalit Pukbhasuk

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Chalit Pukbhasuk
Close of Exercise Cope Tiger (cropped for Chalit Pookpasuk).jpg
Born (1948-04-05) 5 April 1948 (age 71)
Bangkok, Thailand
AllegianceThailand Thailand
Service/branch Royal Thai Air Force
RankRTAF OF-9 (Air Chief Marshal).svg Air Chief Marshal
Commands heldCommander-in-Chief
Battles/warsCold War
*Communist insurgency in Thailand
*Vietnamese border raids in Thailand
*Thai–Laotian Border War
Operation Pochentong 1

Air Chief Marshal Chalit Pukbhasuk PC (Thai: ชลิต พุกผาสุข) (5 April 1948 –) is a retired Thai air force officer, a commander of the Royal Thai Air Force, and the acting chairman of Council for National Security, the junta that overthrew the government of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra in the 2006 coup d'état.


Chalit graduated from the Royal Thai Air Force Academy and held many key positions in the Air Force, including that of air attaché in Jakarta. Prior to becoming Commander of the Air Force, he was the Air Force's chief of staff. Chalit was reportedly reluctant to support the 2006 Thai coup d'étatRoyal Thai Army troops had surrounded Air Force Headquarters on the night of the coup to ensure that Chalit and the Air Force did not provide any resistance.[1]

Chalit was appointed a deputy chairman in the Council for National Security under coup leader, General Sonthi Boonyaratglin. Chalit was paid nearly 114,000 baht per month as an additional salary to his air force pay while he was deputy chairman.[2]

Chalit was named as acting chairman of the Council for National Security on 1 October 2007, succeeding Sonthi, who retired from military duty to enter politics.[3][4] In addition to his duties as air force chief and acting CNS head, Chalit also serves as chairman of the board of Thai Airways International.[5] In 2011, Chalit was appointed by Bhumibol Adulyadej to Privy Council of Thailand.[6]

Chalit is married to Assistant professor Dr. Phonthip Phukphasuk, a now retired professor for Thai language from the Faculty of Arts of Chulalongkorn University. They have two daughters.


  1. ^ Figures Behind the Coup, The Nation (Thailand)
  2. ^ "Thai coup chiefs in extra pay row". BBC News. 9 November 2006.
  3. ^ Thai coup general quits position, BBC
  4. ^ Thai coup leader quits military council, TNA/MCOT.
  5. ^ About THAI Archived October 11, 2007, at the Wayback Machine, Thai Airways International
  6. ^ "Former Air Force chief Chalit appointed privy councillor". The Nation (Thailand). 19 May 2011. Archived from the original on 2011-05-22.
Military offices
Preceded by
Chaylim Choomcheun Sook
Commander of the Royal Thai Air Force
2005 – 2008
Succeeded by
Itthaporn Subhawong
Government offices
Preceded by
Sonthi Boonyaratglin
Chairman of the Council for National Security

1 October 2007 – 7 February 2008