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Royal Laotian Air Force history
Royal Laotian Air Force history
A Laotion trainee pilot waiting on the wing of AT-28D-5 17509 for its instructor at Udon Thani on 2 February 1974.
Photo: collection Dick Lohuis
Long Tieng
Rwy: 14/32
Pos: 19°06'28"N 102°55'26"E
Elev: 3257 ft
Wing Squadron Timeline Aircraft Type(s) Fate
Long Tieng Strike Force

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1968 - 2 May 1975 T-28 ceased to exist
Hmong pilots T-28 unit which was not integrated in RLAF structure.
T28B O-38249 loaded with Mk.82s about to taxie out at Long Tieng in September 1972.
Photo: Wikipedia
Luang Prabang (VLLB)
Rwy: 05/23
Pos: 19°53'50"N 102°09'39"E
Elev: 948 ft
Wing Squadron Timeline Aircraft Type(s) Fate
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Fighter Squadron
1966 - 27 Sep 1967 T-28 redesignated 1 Tactical Fighter Squadron
1 Fighter Wing

1 Tactical Fighter Squadron
27 Sep 1967 - May 1968 T-28 redesignated 101 Composite Squadron


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DHC-2
UH-34D
Luang Prabang Wing

101 Composite Squadron
May 1968 - 2 May 1975 DHC-2 (->69)
UH-34D
T-28
AC-47
ceased to exist
A line of T-28s on a summy afternoon at Laung Prabangs flighline.
Photo: Jim Asher
Pakse (VLPS)
Rwy: 15/33
Pos: 15°07'55"N 105°46'53"E
Elev: 351
Wing Squadron Timeline Aircraft Type(s) Fate
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Fighter Squadron
1966 - 27 Sep 1967 T-28 redesignated 4 Tactical Fighter Squadron
4 Fighter Wing

4 Tactical Fighter Squadron
27 Sep 1967 - May 1968 T-28 redesignated 104 Composite Squadron
Pakse Wing

104 Composite Squadron
May 1968 - 2 May 1975 C-47
T-28
UH-34D
AC-47
ceased to exist
Savannakhet (VLSK)
Rwy: 04/22
Pos: 16°33'24"N 104°45'34"E
Elev: 509
Wing Squadron Timeline Aircraft Type(s) Fate
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Pilot Training School
1960 - 27 Sep 1967 L-19A (1960->)
U-17 (Oct64->)
joined 1111 Training wing


Fighter Squadron
1961 - 27 Sep 1967 T-6 (June61-Aug63)
T-28 (July63->)
redesignated 3 Tactical Fighter Squadron


Composite Squadron
1961 - 27 Sep 1967 DHC-2
UH-34D (65->)
Joined 30 Airlift Wing


Transport Squadron
1961 - 27 Sep 1967 C-47 joined 30 Airlift Wing
1111 Training Wing

Pilot Training School
27 Sep 1967 - 2 May 1975 L-19A
U-17
O-1 (69->)
U-10 (69-70)
T-41D (71->)
ceased to exist


FAC School
1969 - ? O-1
30 Airlift Wing

Transport Squadron
27 Sep 1967 - May 1968 C-47 redesignated 103 Composite Squadron


Composite Squadron
DHC-2
UH-34D (65->)
3 Fighter Wing

3 Tactical Fighter Squadron
27 Sep 1967 - May 1968 T-28 redesignated 103 Composite Squadron
Savannakhet Wing

103 Composite Squadron
May 1968 - 2 May 1975 C-47
DHC-2 (69-70)
UH-34D
T-28
AC-47 (Sep69->)
ceased to exist
C-47B 127 getting some engine maintenance at Da Nang, South Vietnam in 1965.
Photo: unknown
U-17A 64-14867 visiting Thakhek (L-40A) on 17 June 1966.
Photo: Dr. Jonathan Pote
Udon Thani (VTUD)
Rwy: 30/12
Pos: 17°23'"N 102°47'"E
Elev: 584 ft
Force Squadron Timeline Aircraft Type(s) Fate
USAF/RLAF

Det. 6, 1 Air Commando Wing
Mar 1964 - 10 June 1966 T-28 renamed Det. 1, 606 Air Commando Squadron


Det. 1, 606 Air Commando Squadron
10 June 1966 - 15 Sep 1967 T-28 renamed Det. 1, 56 Air Commando Wing


Det. 1, 56 Air Commando Wing
15 Sep 1967 - 1 Aug 1968 T-28 renamed Det. 1, 56 Special Operations Wing


Det. 1, 56 Special Operations Wing
1 Aug 1968 - 22 Feb 1973 T-28 ended


C-47 MTT
19 Feb 1969 - ? C-47 disbanded


UH-34D MTT
? - ? UH-34D
disbanded
The 'Waterpump' training programme was set up by the US to train Laotion pilots.
T-28C O-40533 shows the RLAF insignia, Erawan (three headed elephan under a white parasol) on the fuselage and the badge of the Det. 1, 56 Special Operations Wing on the tail.
Photo: unknown
Vientiane/Wattay (VLVT)
Rwy: 13/31
Pos: 17°59'18"N 102°33'48"E
Elev: 564 ft
Wing Squadron Timeline Aircraft Type(s) Fate
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Fighter Squadron
Aug 1960 - 1961 T-6 (9Jan61->)
relocated to Savannakhet


Composite Squadron
Aug 1960 - 1961 DHC-2 relocated to Savannakhet


Transport Squadron
Aug 1960 - 27 Sep 1967 C-47
Li-2 (Dec62-63)
An-2 (62-63)
joined 20 Airlift Wing


Royal Flight
Aug 1960 - 27 Sep 1967 AC560
C-47
joined 20 Airlift Wing


Helicopter Squadron
1960 - 1964 Alouette II (60->)
Mi-4 (62-63)
Alouette III (63->)
disbanded
20 Airlift Wing

Military Airlift Squadron
27 Sep 1967 - May 1968 C-47 redesignated 102 Composite Squadron


Royal Flight
AC560
C-47
2 Fighter Wing

2 Tactical Fighter Squadron
27 Sep 1967 - May 1968 T-28 redesignated 102 Composite Squadron


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DHC-2
UH-34D
Vientiane Wing

102 Composite Squadron
May 1968 - 2 May 1975 AC560
C-47
DHC-2
T-28
UH-34D
AC-47 (Aug69->)
C-123K (73->)
ceased to exist


Navigation School
June 1970 - ? C-47
UH-34D 4638 at Vientiane in 1971.
Photo: Dan Gamelin
C-47B 51127 at Vientiane circa August 1972.
Photo: Marc Miller
C-123K 636 was taken over by the Air Force of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (LPDR) in 1975. It went to the Royal Thai Air Force as B.L.4K-19/19 on 6 February 76.
Photo: unknown
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