It was on the afternoon of 24 August that some members from the Consular Corps were lucky to have permission for a special group visit to the aircraft hangar that houses some historic aircraft and restoration enthusiasts.
The facility at Wing 41, the Royal Thai Air force base located adjacent to Chiang Mai International airport, has been in operation for some 20 years but with little budget the aircraft that have been acquired are in need of major renovations. The site is operated by Thai volunteers and restoration enthusiasts under the guidance of the Royal Thai Airforce. Upon our entry to the base, armed with our invitation letter, we formed a convoy to be escorted airside at the airport to the hanger museum.
The tour was conducted by the Thai airforce supervisor of the facility where he explained the planes, their history and significance. We saw old aircraft that were used over the years by the RTAF and others of interest like the C47 that was Lord Mountbatten’s command aircraft when he was in SE Asia theatre, Cessna’s that were used for areal surveillance during he Thai communist insurgency period and along the Laos border during Vietnam war, and a modified US aircraft that resembled the Japanese zero planes that were used in the film Tora, Tora about the bombing of pearl harbour.
Our airside location
Briefing before tour
C-47 or modified DC3 used by Lord Mountbatten as command aircraft
Replica Japanese plane used in Tora, Tora movie
air surveillance and medieval
1912-2012 – 100 yrs
old fighter jet
It was a most interesting afternoon topped off by refreshments in the hanger chatting about the facility and the aircraft memorabilia. The consular corp is interested to support this group in its work to preserve and restore old aircraft.
Living Tranquil in Chiang Mai – July & August 2017-Sitting on my pergola at the back of our house in Chiang Mai my memory drifts back to the days when retreating from the everyday working grind in Australia to a tropical place in Thailand was our vision. So what is life like now we have been living in Chiang Mai for over 3 years?
Honorary Consul in May & June 17-Here is general information regarding the scope of work and scale of activities for the Australian Honorary Consul in Chiang Mai covering the May and June 2017 periods.
Honorary Consul in March & April 17-I thought it might be informative and transparent to share some statistics regarding the work and activities of the Australian Honorary Consul in Chiangmai, from time to time.
Our Chiang Mai Living – April 2017-It has been awhile since I have shared Chiang Mai living updates on my blog so thought it was to write a little about our April happenings.
Australian Education and Endeavour Scholarships-For students interested to study in Australia the Australian Consulate in Chiang Mai can not provide education counselling or offer detailed information but it is hoped that the explanations in this post might be helpful on where to seek more information and support.