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(Royal Thai Air Force Day) , equipment = , equipment_label = , battles = , decorations = , battle_honours = , battle_honours_label = , flying_hours = , website = http://www.rtaf.mi.th/en/Pages/default.aspx , commander1 = Air Chief Marshal Napadej Thupatemi , commander1_label =
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,
F-16A/B Block 15 OCU
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, aircraft_bomber = , aircraft_electronic =
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, aircraft_fighter = JAS-39C/D,
F-16AM/BM
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,
F-5E/F
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, aircraft_helicopter =
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UH-1
,
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Bell 412
,
S-92
S-92
, EC725 , aircraft_helicopter_attack = , aircraft_helicopter_cargo = , aircraft_helicopter_multirole = , aircraft_helicopter_observation = , aircraft_helicopter_trainer = , aircraft_helicopter_utility = , aircraft_interceptor =
F-16 ADF
F-16 ADF
, aircraft_patrol = , aircraft_recon =
Saab 340B ELINT/COMINT
Saab 340B ELINT/COMINT
,
DA42 MPP
DA42 MPP
,
P.180 Avanti
P.180 Avanti
, aircraft_trainer = CT/4,
T-41D
T-41D
,
PC-9
PC-9
,
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DA42
, L-39, T-50TH , aircraft_transport =
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C-130
,
BT-67
BT-67
,
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ATR-72
,
737-400/800
737-400/800
, A319/A320,
A340-500
A340-500
,
SSJ-100-95LR
SSJ-100-95LR
, AU-23 , aircraft_tanker = , aircraft_general = The Royal Thai Air Force or RTAF ( th, กองทัพอากาศไทย; ) is the air force of the Kingdom of
Thailand Thailand ( th, ประเทศไทย), historically known as Siam, () officially the Kingdom of Thailand, is a country in Southeast Asia. It is located at the centre of the Mainland Southeast Asia, Indochinese Peninsula, spanning , wi ...

Thailand
. Since its establishment in 1913 as one of the earliest air forces of Asia, the Royal Thai Air Force has engaged in numerous major and minor conflicts. During the
Vietnam War {{Infobox military conflict , conflict = Vietnam War , partof = the Indochina Wars The Indochina Wars ( vi, Chiến tranh Đông Dương) were a series of wars fought in Southeast Asia Southeast Asia, also spelled ...
era, the RTAF was supplied with
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-aid equipment.


History

In February 1911
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Belgian
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Charles Van Den Born was responsible for the first aircraft demonstration in
Siam ) , royal_anthem = '' Sansoen Phra Barami''( en, "Glorify His prestige") , image_map = , map_caption = , capital = Bangkok Bangkok is the capital and most populous city of Thailand. It is known in Thai language, ...

Siam
at Bangkok's Sapathum Horse Racing Course. King
Rama VI Vajiravudh, also known as King Rama VI, reigning title Phra Mongkut Klao Chao Yu Hua ( th, วชิราวุธ; ; 1 January 188126 November 1925), was the sixth monarch A monarch is a head of stateWebster's II New College DictionarMonarch Ho ...
was sufficiently impressed that on 28 February 1912 he sent three Army officers to
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France
to learn to fly. After receiving their wings and qualification, the officers returned to Siam in November 1913, bringing with them eight aircraft: four Breguets and four
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s), which formed the nucleus for the Aviation Section of the Army Engineering Division. In March 1914, they moved from Sapathum to Don Muang, north of Bangkok and it became the Royal Siamese Flying Corps under the Department of the Army Engineer Inspector General. Prince
Purachatra Jayakara
Purachatra Jayakara
, Commander of the Army Engineers, and his brother Prince
Chakrabongse Bhuvanath Field Marshal Chakrabongse Bhuvanath, the Prince of Bishnulok ( th, จักรพงษ์ภูวนาถ; ; 3 March 1883 – 13 June 1920), was the 40th child of King Chulalongkorn Chulalongkorn, also known as King Rama V, reigning tit ...

Chakrabongse Bhuvanath
, were instrumental in the development of the Royal Siamese Aeronautical Service as it was renamed on 19 March 1919. In October 1936, it became an independent service and was renamed the Royal Siamese Air Force in March 1937. Two years later, when the kingdom was renamed Thailand, it became the Royal Thai Air Force. The Air Force during the years before the Second World War was a moderately-well equipped force made up of a mixture of French, American, and Japanese types. During the French-Thai War, the Thai Air Force achieved several air-to-air-victories in dogfights against the
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Armée de l'Air
Armée de l'Air
. During World War II, the Thai Air Force supported the Royal Thai Army in its occupation of the
Shan States The Shan States (1885–1948) were a collection of minor Shan people, Shan kingdoms called ''mueang, muang'' whose rulers bore the title ''saopha'' in British Burma. They were analogous to the princely states of British Raj, British India. ...
of Burma as somewhat reluctant allies of the Japanese and took part in the defense of Bangkok against allied air raids in the latter part of the war, achieving some successes against state-of-the-art aircraft like the
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P-51 Mustang
and the
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B-29 Superfortress
. During these times, the RTAF was actively supplied by the Japanese with Imperial Japanese Army Air Force aircraft such as the Ki-43 "Oscar," and the Ki-27 "Nate." Other RTAF personnel took an active part the anti-Japanese resistance movement. The Thai Air Force sent three
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s to support the
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United Nations
in the
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Korean War
. The Wings Unit, operating the C-47, also joined the anti-communist forces in the
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. Following the end of the Vietnam War in April 1975 the Thai Air Force took possession of 117 aircraft of the former
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, Cambodian and Laotian air forces that had evacuated to Thailand. Along the border, the Thai Air Force launched many operations against communist forces, including the Ban Nam Ta Airfield Raid in
Laos , national_anthem = "Pheng Xat Lao "Pheng Sat Lāo" () is the national anthem A national anthem is a song that officially symbolizes a country A country is a distinct territory, territorial body or political entity. It is often r ...

Laos
, and clashes between Thai and communist Vietnamese troops along the Thai-Cambodian border. In addition to the
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and
F-5F
F-5F
fighter-bombers, OV-10C Bronco counterinsurgency aircraft, transports, and helicopters were added to the RTAF inventory. In 1985 the United States Congress authorized the sale of the
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F-16
fighter to Thailand. When the
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ended, the Thai Air Force participated in Operation Border Post 9631 along the Thai-Burmese border in 1999, and launched the evacuation of foreigners during the 2003 Phnom Penh riots in
Cambodia Cambodia (; also Kampuchea ; km, កម្ពុជា, ), officially the Kingdom of Cambodia, is a country located in the southern portion of the Indochinese peninsula in Southeast Asia. It is in area, bordered by Thailand to Cambodia–T ...

Cambodia
.


Structure

The Air Force is commanded by the Commander of the Royal Thai Air Force (ผู้บัญชาการทหารอากาศไทย). The Royal Thai Air Force Headquarters is located in Don Muang Airbase,
Bangkok Bangkok is the capital and most populous city of Thailand Thailand ( th, ประเทศไทย), historically known as Siam, () officially the Kingdom of Thailand, is a country in Southeast Asia Southeast Asia or Southeastern ...

Bangkok
,
Thailand Thailand ( th, ประเทศไทย), historically known as Siam, () officially the Kingdom of Thailand, is a country in Southeast Asia. It is located at the centre of the Mainland Southeast Asia, Indochinese Peninsula, spanning , wi ...

Thailand
. The RTAF consists of headquarters and five groups, which are: command group, combat group, support group, education and training group, and special services group. #The headquarters group in
Bangkok Bangkok is the capital and most populous city of Thailand Thailand ( th, ประเทศไทย), historically known as Siam, () officially the Kingdom of Thailand, is a country in Southeast Asia Southeast Asia or Southeastern ...

Bangkok
consists of:royal thai air force headquarters support groups, royal flight aircraft administrative center, royal flight helicopter administrative center, air warfare center, office of public sector development and office of intellectual development. #Command group consists of RTAF secretariat, directorate of administrative service, personnel, intelligence, operations, logistics, civil affairs, information and communications technology, finance, inspector general, office of RTAF comptroller, internal audit, safety and judge advocate. #Combat group #The support group provides engineering, communications and electronics, ordnance, transportation, quartermaster, medical services support, civil engineering and transportation. #The education and training group coordinates and supervises all air force training programmes. #The special service group is responsible for research and development, the welfare of air force personnel, air police and coordinates the activities of Thai civil aviation with those of the air force.


Royal Thai Air Force (Headquarters)

* Royal Flight Aircraft Administrative Center * Royal Flight Helicopter Administrative Center * Air Warfare Center * Office of Public Sector Development, RTAF * Office of Intellectual Development, RTAF


Command Group

* RTAF Secretariat * Directorate of Administrative Service * Directorate of Personnel * Directorate of Intelligence * Directorate of Operations * Directorate of Logistics * Directorate of Civil Affairs * Directorate of Information and Communications Technology * Office of the RTAF Comptroller * Directorate of Finance * Directorate of Inspector General * Office of RTAF Internal Audit * Office of RTAF Safety * Office of RTAF Judge Advocate


Combat Group

The Royal Thai Air Force Combat Group is divided into 11 wings plus a training school, plus a few direct-reporting units. *RTAF Directorate of Air Operations Control * RTAF Security Force Command *RTAF Space Operation Center * Navaminda Kasatriyadhiraj Royal Thai Air Force Academy *Flying Training School : composed of 1st, 2nd and 3rd Flying Training Squadrons. Based at RTAFB Kamphang Saen in
Nakhon Pathom Province Nakhon Pathom ( th, จังหวัดนครปฐม, ,Pronunciation) is one of the central provinces (''changwat'') of Thailand ) , royal_anthem = '' Sansoen Phra Barami''( en, "Glorify His prestige") , image_map ...
*Wing 1 : Interceptor and fighter wing based at RTAFB Korat in
Nakhon Ratchasima Province Nakhon Ratchasima ( th, นครราชสีมา, , often called Khorat ( th, โคราช, )) (alternate spelling Korat) is one of Thailand's seventy-six provinces (''changwat'') lies in lower northeastern Thailand also called Isan ...
. *Wing 2 : Helicopter wing providing utility/transport and search and rescue. Normally based at RTAFB Khok Kathiam in
Lopburi Province Lopburi ( th, ลพบุรี, , ) is a province A province is almost always an administrative division within a country or state. The term derives from the ancient Roman '' provincia'', which was the major territorial and administrative u ...
*Wing 3 : Unmanned aerial vehicle wing based at RTAFB Watthana Nakhon in
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. *Wing 4 : Light attack / Interceptor wing based at RTAFB Takhli in
Nakhon Sawan Province Nakhon Sawan ( th, นครสวรรค์, ) is one of Thailand's seventy-six provinces (''changwat'') lies in lower northern Thailand. Neighbouring provinces are (from north clockwise) Kamphaeng Phet, Phichit, Phetchabun, Lopburi, Sin ...
. *Wing 5 : Transport and pecial mission wing based at RTAFB Prachuap Khiri Khan in
Ao Manao Ao Manao ( th, อ่าวมะนาว), meaning " Lime Bay", is a bay in the west side of the Gulf of Thailand. It is five kilometres to the south of Prachuap Khiri Khan in Prachuap Khiri Khan Province. Geography The bay lies south of Pra ...
,
Prachuap Khiri Khan Province#REDIRECT Prachuap Khiri Khan province Prachuap Khiri Khan ( th, ประจวบคีรีขันธ์, ) is one of the western provinces (''changwat'') of Thailand ) , royal_anthem = '' Sansoen Phra Barami''( en, "Glorify ...
. *Wing 6 : Multi-role non-combat wing providing transport, mapping, communications and surveying. Based at RTAFB Don Muang in Bangkok. *Wing 7 : Interceptor and fighter wing based at RTAFB Surat Thani in Surat Thani Province. The wing is nicknamed, "Ferocious Shark of the Andaman" as well as "House of Gripen" as they fly
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Gripen
aircraft. *Wing 21 : Interceptor wing based at RTAFB Ubon Ratchathani in
Ubon Ratchathani Province Ubon Ratchathani ( th, อุบลราชธานี, ), often shortened to Ubon (), is one of Thailand's seventy-six Provinces of Thailand, provinces lies in Isan#Administrative divisions, lower northeastern Thailand also called Isan. Ubon is ...
. *Wing 23 : Attack wing based at RTAFB Udon in
Udon Thani Province Udon Thani Province ( th, อุดรธานี, ) is one of Thailand's seventy-seven provinces (''changwat'') which lies in upper northeastern Thailand also called Isan Northeast Thailand or Isan ( Isan/ th, อีสาน, ; lo, ອ ...
. *Wing 41 : Light attack wing based at RTAFB Chiang Mai in
Chiang Mai Province Chiang Mai ( th, เชียงใหม่, ; nod, , ) is the second-largest Provinces of Thailand, province (''changwat'') of Thailand. It lies in Northern Thailand#Regional classification of northern Thailand, upper northern Thailand. It is ...
. *Wing 46 : Transport/rainmaking wing based at RTAFB Phitsanulok in
Phitsanulok Province Phitsanulok Province ( th, พิษณุโลก, ), one of Thailand's seventy-six provinces, lies in Northern Thailand#Regional classification of northern Thailand, lower northern Thailand. It borders Sukhothai Province, Sukhothai and Uttaradit ...
. *Wing 56 :
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at RTAFB Hat Yai in
Songkhla Province Songkhla ( th, สงขลา, , sou, สงขลา, , ms, Singgora) is one of the southern provinces (''changwat'') of Thailand ) , royal_anthem = '' Sansoen Phra Barami''( en, "Glorify His prestige") , image_map ...
.


Squadrons

The following squadrons are currently active with the Royal Thai Air Force.


RTAF Security Force Command

The RTAF Security Force Command () is a
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size unit in the Royal Thai Air Force. It has been in existence since 1937. They are based near
Don Mueang International Airport Don Mueang International Airport ( th, ท่าอากาศยานดอนเมือง, , or colloquially as , ) is one of two international airports serving the Bangkok Metropolitan Region, the other one being Suvarnabhumi Airport ( ...
. The RTAF Security Force Command is the main
ground forces An army (from Latin ''arma'' "arms, weapons" via Old French ''armée'', "armed" eminine, ground force or land force is a fighting force that fights primarily on land. In the broadest sense, it is the land-based military branch Military branch ...
which providing
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Infantry
for protecting air bases and high value assets,
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, Combat Controller (CCT), Combat Rescue Officer (CRO), Pararescue, Tactical Air Control Party, and anti-hijacking capabilities. Royal Thai Air Force Security Force Command consist of 3 main
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s and multiple support units. Additionally, air base protection
Battalion A battalion is a military unit Military organization or military organisation is the structuring of the armed force A military, also known collectively as armed forces, is a heavily armed, highly organized force primarily intend ...

Battalion
s and
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Battalion
s are each assigned to every air base of the RTAF.


Royal Thai Air Force bases

The Royal Thai Air Force maintains a number of modern bases which were constructed between 1954 and 1968, have permanent buildings and ground support equipment. All but one were built and used by United States forces until their withdrawal from Thailand in 1976 when the RTAF took over the installations at
Takhli Takhli is a town in the province of Nakhon Sawa ...
and Nakhon Ratchasima (Korat). In the late 1980s, these bases and Don Muang Air Base outside
Bangkok Bangkok is the capital and most populous city of Thailand Thailand ( th, ประเทศไทย), historically known as Siam, () officially the Kingdom of Thailand, is a country in Southeast Asia Southeast Asia or Southeastern ...

Bangkok
, which the air force shares with civil aviation, remain the primary operational installations. Maintenance of base facilities abandoned by the United States (Ubon, Udorn) proved costly and exceeded Thai needs; they were turned over to the Department of Civil Aviation for civil use. Nonetheless, all runways were still available for training and emergency use. By 2004 the Royal Thai Air Force had its main base at Don Muang airport, adjacent to
Don Mueang International Airport Don Mueang International Airport ( th, ท่าอากาศยานดอนเมือง, , or colloquially as , ) is one of two international airports serving the Bangkok Metropolitan Region, the other one being Suvarnabhumi Airport ( ...
. The RTAF also had large air fields and facilities at Nakon Ratchasima
Ubon Ratchathani Ubon Ratchathani ( th, อุบลราชธานี, ) is one of the four major cities of Isan (with Khorat/Nakhon Ratchasima, Udon Thani, and Khon Kaen), also known as the "big four of Isan." The city is on the Mun River in the south ...
, and
Takhli Takhli is a town in the province of Nakhon Sawa ...
.


Support Group

* Directorate of Aeronautical Engineering * Directorate of Communications and Electronics * Directorate of Armament * Directorate of Quartermaster * Directorate of Civil Engineering * Directorate of Transportation


Directorate of Medical Services

First set up in 1913 in the same year as the Air Force, providing nursing services only, and over the years has gradually expanded. It operates
Bhumibol Adulyadej Hospital Bhumibol Adulyadej Hospital () is a hospital located in Sai Mai District, Bangkok, Thailand. It is a military hospital operated by the Royal Thai Air Force#Directorate of Medical Services, Directorate of Medical Services, The Royal Thai Air Force ...
and Royal Thai Air Force Hospital in Bangkok, as well as smaller hospitals at each wing. The directorate has made a teaching agreement with the Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University to train students at Bhumibol Adulyadej Hospital, accepting about 30 students per academic year.


Education and Training Group

* Directorate of Education and Training * Air War College * Air Command and Staff College * Senior Air Officer School * Squadron Officer School * Officer Training School * Academy Instructor School * Non-Commissioned Officer School * Air Technical Training School * RTAF Language Center * Personal Testing Center * Technical Service Division * Chaplain Division * Navaminda Kasatriyadhiraj Royal Thai Air Force Academy


Special Service Group

* Research and Development Center for Space and Aeronautical Science and Technology * Directorate of Welfare * Office of Don Mueang RTAF Base Commander * Institute of Aviation Medicine


Current inventory


Armament


Budget

RTAF budgets are shown below by fiscal year (FY):


Rank structure

NOTE:Abeyance, Rank on paper, not actually used in the Royal Thai Air Force.


Aircraft insignia


Roundels


Tail markings


Sport activity


Brazilian jiu-jitsu

The Siam Cup BJJ (Brazilian jiu-jitsu) International tournament will be held at the Show DC stadium in
Bangkok Bangkok is the capital and most populous city of Thailand Thailand ( th, ประเทศไทย), historically known as Siam, () officially the Kingdom of Thailand, is a country in Southeast Asia Southeast Asia or Southeastern ...

Bangkok
from 2017 in cooperation with the Arete BJJ Dojo, dōjō, hosted by the ''Royal Thai Air Force''. Each year, the tournament brings together more than 400 fighters from more than 50 countries to compete. The Siam Cup BJJ 2021 was scheduled to take place on May 8, but due to restrictions imposed for COVID-19, Covid-19 during the COVID-19 pandemic in Thailand, coronavirus pandemic, the Thai government temporarily postponed all sporting events.


See also

*Royal Thai Air Force Museum *Royal Thai Armed Forces Headquarters *Military of Thailand *Royal Thai Army *Royal Thai Navy *Royal Thai Police *Napa-1


References

Notes Comments Bibliography * Wieliczko, Leszek A. and Zygmunt Szeremeta. ''Nakajima Ki 27 Nate'' (bilingual Polish/English). Lublin, Poland: Kagero, 2004. .


External links

*
RTAF Official website (English version)Royal Thai Air Force Whitebook on Gripen program (Thai)Royal Thai Air Force Press Release on Gripen program (Eng)Royal Thai Air Force VDO on Gripen program (Thai)Royal Thai Air Force Museum
Many Historical Aircraft Here (English Page available)

*[http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/thailand/rtaf.htm Globalsecurity.org]
Early history of the Airports of Thailand Authority
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