Marshal of the Royal Thai Air Force

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Marshal of the Royal Thai Air Force
จอมพล อากาศ
RTAF OF-10 (Marshal of the Royal Thai Air Force).svg
Rank insignia of a Marshal of the Royal Thai Air Force
Flag Thai Marshal of Air Force.svg
Rank Flag of a Marshal of the Royal Thai Air Force
Country  Thailand
Service branch Royal Thai Air Force
Rank Five-star rank
Formation 1937
Next higher rank Head of the Armed Forces
Next lower rank Air Chief Marshal
Equivalent ranks

Chom Phon Akat (Thai: จอมพลอากาศ) or Marshal of the Royal Thai Air Force is a 5-star rank and the most senior rank in the Royal Thai Air Force. It is equivalent to a Field Marshal (or Chom Phon) in the Royal Thai Army and an Admiral of the Fleet (or Chom Phon Ruea) in the Royal Thai Navy. The rank of Marshal of the RTAF is also equivalent to the British rank of Marshal of the Royal Air Force.

The King of Thailand as Head of the Armed Forces is automatically made a Chom Phon upon accession. The rank was formally created in 1937, with the formal foundation of the Royal Siamese Air Force. Together with all other ranks of an independent air force.

Head of the Royal Thai Armed Forces[edit]

Portrait Name Reign from Reign until Death
King Ananda Mahidol portrait photograph.jpg
King Ananda Mahidol
(Rama VIII)
2 March 1935 9 June 1946
King Bhumibol Adulyadej portrait photograph.jpg
King Bhumibol Adulyadej
(Rama IX)
9 June 1946 Present

List of Marshal of the Royal Thai Air Force[edit]

No. Image Name Life Date of Appointment Notes Refs
1
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Plaek Phibunsongkhram 1897–1964 1941 Prime Minister of Thailand (1938–1944 and from 1948–1957). Held the post of Supreme Commander of the Royal Thai Armed Forces Headquarters. Also received the rank of Field Marshal and Admiral of the Fleet in the same year. Popularly known as Chom Phon Por (Field marshal Por). Previously held the rank of Major general in the army. [1][2]
2
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Fuen Ronnaphagrad Ritthakhanee 1900–1987 1954 Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand (1955–1957). Held the post of Commander of the Royal Thai Air Force (1949–1957). Also served as Ministry of Transport and as Ministry of Public Health under the premiership of Plaek Phibunsongkhram. [3]
4
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Sarit Dhanarajata 1908–1963 1959 Prime Minister of Thailand (1958–1963). Held the post of Supreme Commander of the Royal Thai Armed Forces Headquarters. Received the rank of Field Marshal in 1956.[4] Later also receive the rank of Admiral of the Fleet and Marshal of the Air Force in 1959. Previously held the rank of General in the army, Admiral in navy and Air Chief Marshal in the air force.[5] [6][7]
3
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Chalermkiat Vatthanangkun 1914–1960 1960 Awarded posthumously by Royal Command. Plane crashed into mountain near Taipei, while on state business as Commander of the Royal Thai Air Force (1957–1960). Previously held the rank of Air marshal. [8]
5
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Thanom Kittikachorn 1911–2004 1964 Prime Minister of Thailand (1963–1973 and from 1958–1958). Held the post of Supreme Commander of the Royal Thai Armed Forces Headquarters. Also received the rank of Field Marshal and Admiral of the Fleet at the same time. Previously held the rank of General in the army. [9][10]
6
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Praphas Charusathien 1912–1997 1973 Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand (1958–1958). Also received the rank of Field Marshal and Admiral of the Fleet at the same time. Held the post of Commander-in-chief of the Royal Thai Army. Previously held the rank of General in the army. [11][12]
7
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Queen Regent Sirikit of Thailand 1932–present 1992 Consort of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Also received the rank of Field Marshal and Admiral of the Fleet at the same time. Possibly the only female in history to attain such ranks. [13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Royal Gazette, Announcement of Royal Decree, Volume 58, Page 981, 28 July 2484 B.E.
  2. ^ Royal Thai Army. "จอมพล หลวงพิบูลสงคราม ( จอมพล แปลก พิบูลสงคราม )". www.rta.mi.th. Retrieved 27 July 2016. 
  3. ^ Royal Gazette, Announcement from the Secretariat of the Cabinet pertaining to the awarding of military ranks, Volume 71, Chapter 47, Page 1672, 27 July 2497 B.E.
  4. ^ Royal Gazette, Announcement from the Secretariat of the Cabinet pertaining to the awarding of military ranks, Volume 73, Chapter 26, Page 1, 27 March 2499 B.E.
  5. ^ Royal Gazette, Announcement from the Secretariat of the Cabinet pertaining to the awarding of military ranks, Volume 72, Chapter 20, Page 660, 15 March 2498 B.E.
  6. ^ Royal Gazette, Announcement from the Secretariat of the Cabinet pertaining to the awarding of military ranks, Volume 76, Chapter 28, Page 12, 28 February 2502 B.E.
  7. ^ Royal Thai Army. "จอมพล สฤษดิ์ ธนะรัชต์". www.rta.mi.th. Retrieved 27 July 2016. 
  8. ^ Royal Gazette, Announcement from the Secretariat of the Cabinet pertaining to the awarding of military ranks, Volume 77, Chapter 43, Page 2474, 24 May 2503 B.E.
  9. ^ Royal Gazette, Announcement from the Office of the Prime Minister pertaining to the awarding of military ranks, Volume 81, Chapter 3, Page 1, 11 January 2507 B.E.
  10. ^ Royal Thai Army. "จอมพล ถนอม กิตติขจร". www.rta.mi.th. Retrieved 27 July 2016. 
  11. ^ Royal Gazette, Announcement from the Office of the Prime Minister pertaining to the awarding of military ranks, Volume 90, Chapter 64, Page 1, 6 June 2516 B.E.
  12. ^ Royal Thai Army. "จอมพล ประภาส จารุเสถียร". www.rta.mi.th. Retrieved 27 July 2016. 
  13. ^ Royal Gazette, Announcement from the Office of the Prime Minister pertaining to the awarding of military ranks, Volume 109, Chapter 111, Page 1, 4 August 2535 B.E.