Royal Thai Air Force Museum

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Royal Thai Air Force Museum
Grumman F8F-1 Bearcat at the Royal Thai Air Force Museum.jpg
Grumman F8F Bearcat at the Royal Thai Air Force Museum
Royal Thai Air Force Museum is located in Thailand
Royal Thai Air Force Museum
Location in Thailand
Location Bangkok
Coordinates 13°55′11″N 100°37′20″E / 13.919832°N 100.622256°E / 13.919832; 100.622256
Type Aviation museum

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]

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 in southern Thailand on 8 December 1941 and after a skirmish of several hours Thai forces were ordered to cease fighting the Japanese. Thailand declared war on Britain and it is said also on the United States in January 1942 and remained a Japanese ally until the Japanese surrender in August 1945. The museum contains several paintings of Thai fighter aircraft intercepting US B-29s, P-38s and P-51s.

Pro-Japanese, anti British poster at the museum

Aircraft on display[edit]

Tachikawa Ki-36
Boeing 100E
Curtiss BF2C Goshawk
Vought O2U Corsair (under the codename V-93S/SA)
Spitfire FR Mk.XIVe SM914. Royal Thai Air Force serial KH14-1/93
Westland Dragonfly WS-51 Mk.1A H1-4/96 (cn WA/H/120)
Thai Type Foreign Model RTAF Serial Number
Attacker Type 3[3] Curtiss SB2C-5 Helldiver J3-4/94[4]
Attacker Type 4[3] Fairey Firefly I J4-11/94[4]
Attacker Type 5[5] Rockwell OV-10C Bronco J5-10/14[4]
Attacker Type 6 Cessna A-37B Dragonfly J6-12/15[4]
Attacker Type 6[5] Cessna A-37B Dragonfly J6-13/15[4]
Bomber Type 1[6] Breguet 14 Replica[4]
Bomber Type 2[3] Boripatra ...
Cargo Type 1[7] Beechcraft C-45 Expeditor ...
Cargo Type 2[7] Douglas C-47 Skytrain ...
Cargo Type 4[7] Fairchild C-123B Provider L4-6/07[4]
Cargo Type 11[citation needed] Boeing 737 L11-1/26[4]
Communications Type 1[citation needed] Fairchild 24 ...
Fighter Type 7[citation needed] Boeing P-12 ...
Fighter Type 10[6] Curtiss Hawk III ...
Fighter Type 11[6] Curtiss Hawk 75N ...
Fighter Type 14[8] Supermarine Spitfire XIV Kh14-1/93[4]
Fighter Type 15[8] Grumman F8F-1 Bearcat Kh15-178/98[4]
Fighter Type 16[7] Republic F-84G Thunderjet Kh16-06/99[4]
Fighter Type 17[7] North American F-86F Sabre Kh17-10/04[4]
Fighter Type 17A[7] North American F-86L Sabre Kh17k-5/06[4]
Fighter Type 18 Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter N/A[N 1]
Fighter Type 18[7] Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter Kh18-13/17[4]
Fighter and Observation Type 18[citation needed] Northrop RF-5A Freedom Fighter TKh18-3/13[4]
Fighter Type 18B[7] Northrop F-5B Freedom Fighter Kh18k-1/09[4]
Helicopter Type 1[8] Westland WS-51 Dragonfly H1-4/96[4]
Helicopter Type 1A[8] Sikorsky YR-5A H1k-1/96[4]
Helicopter Type 2A[8] Hiller UH-12B Raven H2k-4/96[4]
Helicopter Type 3[8] Sikorsky H-19A Chickasaw H3-3/97[4]
Helicopter Type 4[8] Sikorsky H-34 Choctaw ...
Helicopter Type 4A[8] Sikorsky S-58T H4k-64/30[4]
Helicopter Type 5[8] Kaman HH-43B Huskie H5-2/05[4]
Helicopter Type 6[8] Bell UH-1H Iroquois ...
Helicopter Type 6A[8] Bell 212 ...
Helicopter Type 6B[8] Bell 412 ...
Helicopter Type 6C[8] Bell 412SP ...
Helicopter Type 6D[8] Bell 412EP ...
Helicopter Type 7[8] Bell OH-13H Sioux H7-9/15[4]
Helicopter Type 8[8] Bell 206B-3 JetRanger III H8-01/38[4]
Helicopter Type 9[8] Eurocopter AS-332L-2 Super Puma II ...
Liaison Type 3[3] Piper L-4 S3-4/90[4]
Liaison Type 4[3] Stinson L-5 Sentinel S4-10/90[4]
Liaison Type 5[3] Beechcraft Bonanza 35 ...
Liaison Type 6[3] Grumman G-44A Widgeon ...
Mapping Helicopter Type 1[8] Bell 206B JetRanger ...
Mapping Helicopter Type 2[8] Kawasaki KH-4 ...
Observation and Attacker Type 1[6] Vought V-93S ...
Observation Type 2[3] Cessna O-1A Bird Dog T2-27/15[4]
Observation Type 2 Cessna O-1E Bird Dog T2-29/15[4]
Trainer Type 6[6] Tachikawa Ki-55 ...
Trainer Type 8 North American T-6F Texan F8-99/94[4]
Trainer Type 8[3] North American T-6G Texan ...
Trainer Type 9[3] De Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk ...
Trainer Type 10[3] De Havilland Tiger Moth ...
Trainer Type 11[citation needed] Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star F11-23/13[4]
Trainer and Observation Type 11[citation needed] Lockheed RT-33 Shooting Star TF11-5/10[4]
Trainer and Observation Type 11[citation needed] Lockheed RT-33 Shooting Star TF11-8/13[4]
Trainer and Attacker Type 13[citation needed] North American T-28 Trojan JF13-106/14[4]
Trainer Type 17[3] RTAF-4 F17-3/17[4]
Trainer Type 18[citation needed] RFB Fantrainer F18-01/27[4]
Trainer Type 18[citation needed] RFB Fantrainer F18k-15/32[4]
Utility Type 1[3] Helio U-10B Courier ...
N/A[N 2] Breguet Type III Replica[4]
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 ...

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. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ a b c d e "Building 2". Royal Thai Air Force Museum. Archived from the original on 25 October 2013. Retrieved 30 March 2017. 
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ 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.

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