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Royal Thai Air Force Museum, Bangkok Overview

Nestled along the Phahonyothin Road, in Don Mueang District of Bangkok, Royal Thai Air Force Museum is a respected museum with a captivating display of various aircraft like attack aircraft, fighter aircraft, military transport aircraft, and helicopters which are disengaged and retired from the battleground. The museum delights history buffs, aviation and military enthusiasts.

The Royal Thai Air Force Museum is ramified into five buildings, all of which cater to various sections of military aircraft display based on their design and functions. It caters to a comprehensive collection on the historically rich aviation history of Thailand. A well laid-out setting with air-conditioned halls and proper toilets is rated full by the majority. Each display is a paragon of information about Thai air force and aviation. The museum is also quite interactive with QR codes and android and ios supporting apps.

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Exhibits at Royal Thai Air Force Museum

- The museum exhibits aircraft from as early as 1900 such as Breguet's 3, Sabre, O2U Corsair, Hawks 3, Nieuports, T-33 etc
- The tools and equipment used and related to the aviation industry of Thailand.
- A throng of uniforms and badges from earlier times up to this day and a range of helicopters and high calibre fighter jets.
- Curtiss Hawk III and Vought V-93S Corsair are two major aircraft from the 1940’s Franco-Thai war.
- Skyraider, Harrier, Spitfire are a few of the many aircraft that are undergoing restoration in the museum.

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Cessna A-37B Aircraft at Royal Thai Air Force Museum
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Aeroplanes on Display at Royal Thai Airforce Museum

The museum is divided into five sections: section one has two sides, the left side encompasses aircrafts such as Breguet's 3, O2U Corsair, Hawks 3, Nieuports along with various types of other military aircraft which were used in Royal Thai Air Force erstwhile. It also has a brief demonstration on the history of Thai aviation, the aircraft manufactured by Thai and a mounting on the “100 years of Royal Thai Air Force Forefathers Aviation”.

The right side of Building 1 marks a captivation display of “The Jet Fighter” that and a handful of high calibre aircraft. A range of significant aircraft in the history of Thai aviation is systematically exhibited in building two, one of which is “Baribatra” a bomber aircraft that was the first aircraft manufactured by Thai people. Building 2 also encompasses a library of aviation history.

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Curtis Hawk III Replica at Royal Thai Airforce Museum
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The tools and equipment used in aviation are displayed in Building 4 along with the uniforms of Thai Air Force and their changing design and pattern from past to present. Building 4 also displays a Hypobaric chamber that reproduces low ambient air pressure for briefing and educating while Building 3 is a maintenance building. Building 5 houses various kinds of helicopters like the Bell 212 which is considered a royal helicopter.

How to Reach

It located on Phahonyothin Road, in Don Mueang District of Bangkok, just adjacent to Don Muang airport. If you travel by private car, take the Phaholyothin Road, outbound, passing Saphan Mai market, Thai Air Forces village and the Royal Thai Air Force Academy. At the Chandralekha intersection, you will see the museum’s sign on the left. If you travel by public transportation, take a bus no. 34, 39, 114, 356, 3, 21, 22, 24, 25, or 39.

Tips

The challenging part is to reach here with the help of public transport as there is no direct route. Hence, it is advisable to hire a private cab for the entire tour, which includes pick-up and drop services.

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