Aladdin's adventure at the Royal Thai Air Force Museum in Bangkok



Friday 30th of January 2015 and I finished my Thai language school at 1 o'clock in the afternoon. I Aladdin's adventure in Bangkokwalked to NANA sky train station, a 3 minutes' walk from my Thai language school.

I was surprised that there were so much people on the sky train, not uncomfortably much passengers, but anyway, I had expected less. But I was almost alone after Siam Square.

It is Friday today, so the sky train will most likely be brimmed when I'm back from Thai Air Force Museum. The traffic will be terrible and I decided to take the subway back home.

The subway station Chatuchak Park and the sky train station Mo Chit are the same. But we will SHOOT pass Siam with the sky train on our way up Sukhumvit and it will be crowded. The subway will Yet another Smiley on www.aladdin.st hopefully carry much less passengers going down Ratchadapisek towards Asok.

Aladdin's adventure at the Victory Monument in Bangkok
Passing the Victory Monument

Aladdin's adventure at the Victory Monument in Bangkok
Passing the Victory Monument

Aladdin's adventure at Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok
We can see how big the Chatuchak Weekend Market are from the sky train

It was a nice ride to Mo Chit from Siam and when we passed the Chatuchak Market I knew we were Aladdin's adventure at the sky train in Bangkokabout to arrive. Mo Chit is the end station and that is the Chatuchak Weekend Market.

And the market is huge, it is easy to see the size from the sky train, and we can also see that they are building more space. I have not been there for a very long time, it is too hot and too crowded.

But they were in progress to build air conditioned department styled places last time I was there. Never mind, this time I'm by passing the Chatuchak Market and I went to look for a taxi. My Thai Teacher had told me that it would be such a big problems with the taxi at Mo Chit. They refused to go by the meter and she called them mafia. Well, this is something I look forward to.

There were 10 taxis waiting and the drivers were sitting on the bench at the bus stop. They saw me coming and they stopped a taxi passing us, I got inside and I told him to take me to the Royal Aladdin's adventure at the Royal Thai Air Force Museum in BangkokThai Air Force Museum. We were off and as the driver was not sure where it was I fired up my map in the phone that I had brought for this purpose.

The GPS in the phone is a fantastic thing and it was very easy to follow our progress. And I directed the driver and we drove down Ratchadapisek until we reached the intersection with the Elephant Building.

We turned left and we were on road #1. Now it was easy, we just had to stay on this road until we reached Don Mueang Airport and the Royal Thai Air Force Museum.

The traffic was not bad and we were hauling arse and we reached the Royal Thai Air Force Museum in about 30 minutes. I got out of the train around 13:20 and we reached the museum just before 2 o'clock. And I was very happy as I had
Royal Thai Air Force 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. The museum is open daily from 09:00 to 16:00 every day, except special holidays.

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, 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.

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 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.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
expected to spend more time in the taxi. 1 hour from the school to the museum, much better than expected. 145 Baht and I gave the driver 170 Baht and I got out of the taxi.

I was a wee bit scared when we had been driving up to the museum. It looked to be closed. Only a few old air crafts standing outside the museum.

I could see a few lights inside and I entered the place, not a living soul, no sign of any visitors or staff.

There were an old jet fighter standing towards a wall at the entrance. I went in to the room to the right where they kept 4 jet fighters. Two F-5 and one F-16 and there was a new SAAB Gripen, Aladdin's adventure at the Royal Thai Air Force Museum in Bangkokdonated by the Swedish government. And who the foock gave them permission to waste our tax money like this? Would be better to put this money in the healthcare system.

It was very nice to come inside, the museum was cool and that was nice after having been out there in the heat. The cool winter weather disappeared a week or two ago and it is hot in Bangkok.

And it was kind of nice to walk around alone. I walked around looking at the four jet fighters and there was a ramp at the SAAB Gripen so I could go up and have a look in to the cabin. And this was quite interesting and I took a few pictures. Well, taking pictures through the glass hood was a waste of time. Yes, this was interesting and I went out again to go over to the other side to have a look.

Aladdin's adventure at the Royal Thai Air Force Museum in Bangkok
Aladdin's adventure at the Royal Thai Air Force Museum in Bangkok
F-5

Aladdin's adventure at the Royal Thai Air Force Museum in Bangkok
F-5A

Aladdin's adventure at the Royal Thai Air Force Museum in Bangkok
Machine gun in a F-5A

Aladdin's adventure at the Royal Thai Air Force Museum in Bangkok
F-5A

Aladdin's adventure at the Royal Thai Air Force Museum in Bangkok
F-16

Aladdin's adventure at the Royal Thai Air Force Museum in Bangkok
SAAB Gripen

Aladdin's adventure at the Royal Thai Air Force Museum in Bangkok
SAAB Gripen
Picture by Aladdin


Aladdin's adventure at the Royal Thai Air Force Museum in Bangkok
Aladdin's adventure at the Royal Thai Air Force Museum in Bangkok

Aladdin's adventure at the Royal Thai Air Force Museum in Bangkok

Aladdin's adventure at the Royal Thai Air Force Museum in Bangkok

Aladdin's adventure at the Royal Thai Air Force Museum in Bangkok

Aladdin's adventure at the Royal Thai Air Force Museum in Bangkok
Vought Corsair V-93S

Aladdin's adventure at the Royal Thai Air Force Museum in Bangkok
The last Curtiss Hawk III in existence

Aladdin's adventure at the Royal Thai Air Force Museum in Bangkok
The last Curtiss Hawk III in existence

Aladdin's adventure at the Royal Thai Air Force Museum in Bangkok
Grumman F-8F Bearcat

Aladdin's adventure at the Royal Thai Air Force Museum in Bangkok
Lockheed T33A
Picture by Aladdin

It was a very nice museum, and the history of the Royal Thai Air Force Museum was a very interesting story. They had some of the oldest plane on display and it was quite amazing to see Aladdin's adventure at the Royal Thai Air Force Museum in Bangkokthem and imagining being airborne in these small air crafts. And on top of that someone is trying to shoot you down!

And of course, their description of the history was not exactly the same as I had been reading at other places, but who is right? Sweden and Denmark have been fighting each other’s for thousand years.

And you can be sure the history is a wee bit different at the museums in Denmark and Sweden. Danish heroes in Denmark and in Sweden the show us all about the Swedes acts of incredible valour. But this is expected. I'm pretty sure the Thai - France was is described different on museum in France.

There was a video show and I really would like to know more about the history of the Royal Thai Air Force but I could not start the video. When I finally spotted a staff member I asked about the video. But the video system was not working, darn! I wanted to know more, there were posters in Thai and English but I wanted to know more and that must be the best grade a museum can get.

I found the below 2 pictures on a BLOG PAGE No activity on the page as per January 2015

Hello every one this is my first aviation art about Royal Thai Air Force.
I painted 2 version of Ki-43 Oscar that used while WWII.
Let's see and enjoy.
Aladdin's adventure at the Royal Thai Air Force Museum in Bangkok
Royal Thai Air Force Ki-43 Oscar attacking an US Air Force bomber during WWII

Aladdin's adventure at the Royal Thai Air Force Museum in Bangkok
Royal Thai Air Force Ki-43 Oscar attacking an US Air Force bomber during WWII

Aladdin's adventure at the Royal Thai Air Force Museum in Bangkok
Another picture O found - Ki-43 "Oscar" - Royal Thai Air Force

Aladdin's adventure at the Royal Thai Air Force Museum in Bangkok
Type 97 Nakajima Ki-27 in Royal Thai Air Force Service. This camouflaged example has the
red, white and blue rudder stripes combined with the white elephant wing insignia
Looks like a dogfight with an American P-38 Lightning
From another web page about Aviation of Japan - A site dedicated to information about the history of aviation in Japan and the Far East.

Aladdin's adventure at the Royal Thai Air Force Museum in Bangkok
Royal Thai Air Force Ki-43 Oscar attacking an US Air Force bomber during WWII
From another web page about Aviation of Japan - A site dedicated to information about the history of aviation in Japan and the Far East.

Aladdin's adventure at the Royal Thai Air Force Museum in Bangkok
Ki-27 in RTAF camouflage - Looks like a dogfight with an American P-38 Lightning
From another web page about Aviation of Japan - A site dedicated to information about the history of aviation in Japan and the Far East.

Here is a link to an interesting pdf file over THAI AIR ACCIDENTS I found on the internet. The listing records almost 1,000 accidents to aircraft in Thailand, and also to Thai civil & military aircraft overseas. And the list including planes shot down during the WWII. Have a look!

I was leaving, checking out the air planes on the parking lot and then a taxi back to the subway station at the Chatuchak Market. I walked around looking at the planes when I discovered an outdoor hangar with more aircrafts. And when in the hangar I discovered that they had plenty air planes on display behind the hangar.

Well, this museum was much bigger than I had expected. I entered the hangar and I walked around watching air planes. There was an MIG fighter jet, but the information looked to be in Vietnamese language only. Maybe something from the Vietnam War.

Aladdin's adventure at the Royal Thai Air Force Museum in Bangkok

Aladdin's adventure at the Royal Thai Air Force Museum in Bangkok
Planes on the parking lot

Aladdin's adventure at the Royal Thai Air Force Museum in Bangkok
A Vietnamese MIG

Aladdin's adventure at the Royal Thai Air Force Museum in Bangkok

Aladdin's adventure at the Royal Thai Air Force Museum in Bangkok

Aladdin's adventure at the Royal Thai Air Force Museum in Bangkok

Aladdin's adventure at the Royal Thai Air Force Museum in Bangkok
I boarded the plane

Aladdin's adventure at the Royal Thai Air Force Museum in Bangkok
I boarded the plane

Aladdin's adventure at the Royal Thai Air Force Museum in Bangkok
I boarded the plane

Aladdin's adventure at the Royal Thai Air Force Museum in Bangkok
I boarded the plane

Aladdin's adventure at the Royal Thai Air Force Museum in Bangkok
I boarded the plane

Aladdin's adventure at the Royal Thai Air Force Museum in Bangkok

Aladdin's adventure at the Royal Thai Air Force Museum in Bangkok

Aladdin's adventure at the Royal Thai Air Force Museum in Bangkok

Aladdin's adventure at the Royal Thai Air Force Museum in Bangkok
Another air plane we can board

Aladdin's adventure at the Royal Thai Air Force Museum in Bangkok
I board the plane

Aladdin's adventure at the Royal Thai Air Force Museum in Bangkok
I board the plane

Aladdin's adventure at the Royal Thai Air Force Museum in Bangkok

Aladdin's adventure at the Royal Thai Air Force Museum in Bangkok

Aladdin's adventure at the Royal Thai Air Force Museum in Bangkok
Picture by Aladdin

I boarded two of the big air planes behind the museum. It was a very nice collection of air planes, but they were falling in to decay and they really need to get going with the maintenance. It would Aladdin's adventure at the Royal Thai Air Force Museum in Bangkokbe a shame to let this treasure disappear. There were nice air planes with missing tyres, wood propellers that had rotten to pieces.

And some of the air planes needed some paint. But it was nice walking around watching the old air planes. And those propeller planes from World War II are huge. They look very small on movies etc, but here behind the museum they were huge. I Aladdin's adventure at the Royal Thai Air Force Museum in Bangkokdiscovered another hangar while walking around behind the museum.

It was a hangar with old helicopters and there was also an old Spitfire. By now I was accompanied by a mother and two young children. Well, there had been a few visitors arriving during the afternoon.

When I was ready to leave one of the staff came to me and told me there was another hangar. I entered and it was full of flight simulators, uniforms and weapons and by the time I was ready they closed the museum, it was 4 o'clock in the afternoon. The time had passed very quickly and it had been fun.

Bangkok Tourist attraction review - Reviewed by Review Man
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Review: Royal Thai Air Force Museum

Fee: Free!
Web page: http://www.museum.rtaf.mi.th/index.php/en/
Address:
171 ถนนพหลโยธิน แขวงสนามบิน เขตดอนเมือง กรุงเทพ ฯ 10210

171 Paholyothin Road, behind Don Muang Airport
Tel: +66 (0)2 534 1764, (0)2 534 1853, (0)2 534 2113 - January 2015
Opening Hours: Daily from 9am until 4pm except holidays

I took the sky train to Mo Chit. You can also take the subway to Chatuchak Park (I went back home with the subway from this station) I took a taxi from there, 145 Baht. It is a straight ride from the sky train station so it is very easy to find.

I arrived to Royal Thai Air Force Museum just before 2 o'clock and it looked like the place was closed. I went inside and I was alone, not even any staff in sight.

No entrance fee, well, I discovered that the Swedish government had donated a SAAB Gripen fighter jet to the museum, so that is my tax money. There were 4 modern jet fighters. Two F-5, one F-16 and the newest fighter in the Royal Thai Air Force Museum, the SAAB Gripen. You could go up on a ramp and have a look inside, interesting

On the other side of the entrance was a museum with some old planes and some history of the Royal Thai Air Force Museum. There was a video show, or a big screen TV for a video show. But I was told it was not working.

And when you come to a museum like this, same all over the world, it is all about the national HEROES and what they had done for their country. If you're at a museum in Sweden you can be damn sure it was a Swede saving the world. And here we had a couple of Thai Pilots that had shown a bravery beyond comprehension. It heroism and acts of incredible valour and some history that I didn't recognised. But as always you will have to think for yourself when reading history.

But the museum for sure made me want to know more and it was a fine collection of air plane and equipment on display. I started to get hungry and I left, there were a few “old” planes on the parking lot and I went to have a look at them before going to look for a taxi.

I discovered a hangar full of old planes and I went to have a look. Behind the hangar was plenty more aircrafts and some of them was open so you could go on board the plane.

There was a hangar with helicopters and suddenly it was 4 'clock and they closed the place.
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Rated:Bangkok Tourist attraction review - Reviewed by Review Man

Could easily have been a VERY GOOD, 4 stars. The planes on display in the indoor rooms were in an excellent condition. But some of the airplanes on display outdoors just stand there and falls in to decay. Wooden propellers rotten away and planes with missing wheels etc.

They have a very nice collection old airplanes and it would be a shame to let them be destroyed. In need of maintenance so hurry up and visit Royal Thai Air Force Museum before it is too late.

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I said good bye to the staff and I left to look for a taxi. And in order to get a taxi I needed to cross the road. It didn't take long before I was sitting in a taxi and it took us about 30 minutes to Bangkok Subwayget to the Chatuchak Subway station. 145 Baht for the taxi and I was soon on the platform waiting for the subway.

And I only had to wait for a few minutes before the subway arrived. A wee bit too much people, but it was OK and we were soon on our way towards Sukhumvit and the Asok station.

I decided to get off at the Rama IX station and walk the Asoke Road back home, afternoon and Asoke us usually brimmed with beautiful girls on the way home from all the offices on the Asoke Road. And I was not disappointed walking back home. And I felt much better that I managed to skip the restaurant food. Because, honestly, my plan was to Sukhumvit Soi 23get off at Rama IX and stop at a nice restaurant on my way home.

But I skipped the “snack” stop and I had a pot of tea and a papaya when I was back home. I checked the Friday Afternoon Market outside my condo for some fruit, but they only have vegetables for sale. Well, an upcoming weekend and what to do?

Saturday it is boxing so I only have a half day for my “What to do for fun when you're too old for party - How to kill a day in Bangkok” adventure. But Sunday and I have planned for a full day of “fun”. I checked www.bangkok.com and they had a few suggestions and I searched the internet. I found a Half Day Tour Bangkok - Rice Barge Tour Bangkok on Sun Leisure World webpage for Saturday.

I also found a full day tour Ayutthaya by Cruise Tour and I booked both of them, good, a full weekend and no need to drink.
Saturday afternoon: Rice Barge Tour Bangkok with Rice Barge Tour Bangkok
Sunday: Ayutthaya by Cruise Tour


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