Royal Thai Air Force Museum

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Royal Thai Air Force Museum
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Entrance to the museum
Royal Thai Air Force Museum is located in Thailand
Royal Thai Air Force Museum
Location in Thailand
Established1952
LocationDon Muang Royal Thai Air Force Base,
Bangkok
TypeMilitary Aviation Museum
Public transit accessRTAF Museum Station (BTS Sukhumvit line)
Websitewww.museum.rtaf.mi.th

The Royal Thai Air Force Museum is located in Don Mueang District, Bangkok, Thailand. It is located on the Phahonyothin Road just to the south of Wing 6 of the domestic terminal of the Don Mueang Airport.

Overview[edit]

Grumman F8F Bearcat at the Royal Thai Air Force Museum
in front of the museum

The museum was established in 1952 to collect, preserve and restore different airplanes and other aviation equipment used by the Royal Thai Air Force. In addition to one F11C and other rare aircraft,[1] the museum's collection also includes one of only 2 surviving Japanese Tachikawa Ki-36 trainers, the last surviving Vought O2U Corsair, one of 3 surviving Curtiss BF2C Goshawks, a Spitfire and several Nieuports and Breguets.[2]

The museum provides details of Thailand's role in World War II. Imperial Japanese forces landed at various points in Thailand on 8 December 1941, and after resisting for one day, the Thai forces were ordered to cease fire and allow Japanese forces to pass through the kingdom. The Thai government of Field Marshal Pibun Songkram would also declare war on both Britain and the United States in January 1942 (though the declaration was never delivered to the US by the Thai ambassador), and Thailand remained technically a Japanese ally until the Japanese surrender in August 1945, despite the existence of a large anti-Japanese underground. The museum contains several paintings of Thai fighter aircraft intercepting attacking US B-29s, P-38s and P-51s.

Pro-Japanese, anti British poster at the museum

Renovation[edit]

Since 2012, the Royal Thai Air Force Museum has received basic repair.[3] In 2020 Royal Thai Air Force Museum has renovated the museum to renovation of the Air Force Museum building area to prepare for the Royal Thai Air Force Academic Seminar 2020. The objectives of the renovation is for create an understanding of the RTAF Strategic Direction / Position, which recognizes the national defense industry in accordance with government policy which will lead to concrete Thailand 4.0 and raise awareness in the development of Sustainable and Smart Air Force with transparency and also enhance knowledge in every dimension (All Domains) in the development of the Air Force and listen to opinions from relevant parties to be a guideline for mobilization of national forces For the development of the Air Force.[4]

Aircraft on display[edit]

Thai Type Foreign Model RTAF Serial Number
Attacker Type 3[5] Curtiss SB2C-5 Helldiver J3-4/94[6]
Attacker Type 4[5] Fairey Firefly I J4-11/94[6]
Attacker Type 5[7] Rockwell OV-10C Bronco J5-10/14[6]
Attacker Type 6 Cessna A-37B Dragonfly J6-12/15[6]
Attacker Type 6[7] Cessna A-37B Dragonfly J6-13/15[6]
Bomber Type 1[8] Breguet 14 Replica[6]
Bomber Type 2[5] Boripatra ...
Cargo Type 1[9] Beechcraft C-45 Expeditor ...
Cargo Type 2[9] Douglas C-47 Skytrain ...
Cargo Type 4[9] Fairchild C-123B Provider L4-6/07[6]
Cargo Type 11[citation needed] Boeing 737 L11-1/26[6]
Communications Type 1[citation needed] Fairchild 24 ...
Fighter Type 7[citation needed] Boeing Model 100E ...
Fighter Type 10[8] Curtiss Hawk III ...
Fighter Type 11[8] Curtiss Hawk 75N ...
Fighter Type 14[10] Supermarine Spitfire XIV Kh14-1/93[6]
Fighter Type 15[10] Grumman F8F-1 Bearcat Kh15-178/98[6]
Fighter Type 16[9] Republic F-84G Thunderjet Kh16-06/99[6]
Fighter Type 17[9] North American F-86F Sabre Kh17-10/04[6]
Fighter Type 17A[9] North American F-86L Sabre Kh17k-5/06[6]
Fighter Type 18 Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter N/A[N 1]
Fighter Type 18[9] Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter Kh18-13/17[6]
Fighter and Observation Type 18[citation needed] Northrop RF-5A Freedom Fighter TKh18-3/13[6]
Fighter Type 18B[9] Northrop F-5B Freedom Fighter Kh18k-1/09[6]
Helicopter Type 1[10] Westland WS-51 Dragonfly H1-4/96[6]
Helicopter Type 1A[10] Sikorsky YR-5A H1k-1/96[6]
Helicopter Type 2A[10] Hiller UH-12B Raven H2k-4/96[6]
Helicopter Type 3[10] Sikorsky H-19A Chickasaw H3-3/97[6]
Helicopter Type 4[10] Sikorsky H-34 Choctaw ...
Helicopter Type 4A[10] Sikorsky S-58T H4k-64/30[6]
Helicopter Type 5[10] Kaman HH-43B Huskie H5-2/05[6]
Helicopter Type 6[10] Bell UH-1H Iroquois ...
Helicopter Type 6A[10] Bell 212 ...
Helicopter Type 6B[10] Bell 412 ...
Helicopter Type 6C[10] Bell 412SP ...
Helicopter Type 6D[10] Bell 412EP ...
Helicopter Type 7[10] Bell OH-13H Sioux H7-9/15[6]
Helicopter Type 8[10] Bell 206B-3 JetRanger III H8-01/38[6]
Helicopter Type 9[10] Eurocopter AS-332L-2 Super Puma II ...
Liaison Type 3[5] Piper L-4 S3-4/90[6]
Liaison Type 4[5] Stinson L-5 Sentinel S4-10/90[6]
Liaison Type 5[5] Beechcraft Bonanza 35 ...
Liaison Type 6[5] Grumman G-44A Widgeon ...
Mapping Helicopter Type 1[10] Bell 206B JetRanger ...
Mapping Helicopter Type 2[10] Kawasaki KH-4 ...
Observation and Attacker Type 1[8] Vought V-93S ...
Observation Type 2[5] Cessna O-1A Bird Dog T2-27/15[6]
Observation Type 2 Cessna O-1E Bird Dog T2-29/15[6]
Trainer Type 6[8] Tachikawa Ki-55 ...
Trainer Type 8 North American T-6F Texan F8-99/94[6]
Trainer Type 8[5] North American T-6G Texan ...
Trainer Type 9[5] de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk ...
Trainer Type 10[5] de Havilland Tiger Moth ...
Trainer Type 11[citation needed] Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star F11-23/13[6]
Trainer and Observation Type 11[citation needed] Lockheed RT-33 Shooting Star TF11-5/10[6]
Trainer and Observation Type 11[citation needed] Lockheed RT-33 Shooting Star TF11-8/13[6]
Trainer and Attacker Type 13[citation needed] North American T-28 Trojan JF13-106/14[6]
Trainer Type 17[5] RTAF-4 F17-3/17[6]
Trainer Type 18[citation needed] RFB Fantrainer F18-01/27[6]
Trainer Type 18[citation needed] RFB Fantrainer F18k-15/32[6]
Utility Type 1[5] Helio U-10B Courier ...
N/A[N 2] Breguet Type III Replica[6]
N/A[N 3] Douglas A-1 Skyraider N/A
N/A[N 4] Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 N/A
... Pazmany PL-2 ...
... RTAF-2 ...
... RTAF-5 ...

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Boyne, Walter J. (2001). The Best of Wings Magazine. Brassey's. p. 41. ISBN 1574883682.
  2. ^ Cummings, Joe; China Williams. Bangkok. Lonely Planet. p. 98. ISBN 1740594606.
  3. ^ "พิพิธภัณฑ์กองทัพอากาศ". www.trueplookpanya.com. Retrieved Jun 24, 2020.
  4. ^ "โครงการออกแบบปรับปรุงพิพิธภัณฑ์กองทัพอากาศและการบินแห่งชาติ Museum Renovation design for Royal Thai Airforce Museum RTAFM | FAA". Retrieved Jun 24, 2020.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Building 1". Royal Thai Air Force Museum. Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 30 March 2017.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak Darke, Steve (26 December 2016). "ROYAL THAI AIR FORCE MUSEUM, DON MUEANG" (PDF). The Thai Aviation Website. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  7. ^ a b "Building 3: Aircraft used during anti-communism campaign". Royal Thai Air Force Museum. Archived from the original on 26 October 2013. Retrieved 30 March 2017.
  8. ^ a b c d e "Building 2". Royal Thai Air Force Museum. Archived from the original on 25 October 2013. Retrieved 30 March 2017.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h "Outdoor Display". Royal Thai Air Force Museum. Archived from the original on 26 October 2013. Retrieved 30 March 2017.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s "Building 5". Royal Thai Air Force Museum. Archived from the original on 26 October 2013. Retrieved 30 March 2017.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ This airframe never served with the RTAF.
  2. ^ This aircraft type predates the designation sequence.
  3. ^ This aircraft type was never operated by the RTAF.
  4. ^ This aircraft type was never operated by the RTAF.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 13°55′11″N 100°37′20″E / 13.919832°N 100.622256°E / 13.919832; 100.622256