Royal Thai Air Force Museum, Bangkok

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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.OverviewThe 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 it is said also on 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.
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  • We visit the RTAF Museum with Thai friends who visited it for the first time. We were all impressed by the history of the air force and also the multitude of exhibited aircraft. In addition, the entrance is free, which is quite rare for Bangkok. For aircraft fans a must.
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  • A free museum with a very good selection of military aircraft used by the Thai airforce. Some really well preserved exhibits, but some could do with a bit of TLC to bring them up to a more presentable...  more »
  • This is one of the better aviation museums that I've been to globally, though it certainly has some issues. It has an excellent collection of rare and unusual aircraft, though they aren't necessarily ...  more »
  • A very interesting collection of mostly military aircraft with a few aircraft being the last or amongst the last survivors in the world. The planes from Thailand's Pacific War experiences were extremely interesting to see. Some of the indoor fighter displays were very good and informative. However, the museum would be greatly enhanced with more and better displays in both Thai and English. One shouldn't quibble too much given their was no entrance charge and Wikipedia is only a click away today. My greatest worry is that some of the outdoor displays, given Thai weather, may be too soon victims of decay rather than a warriors demise.
  • Been lots of times. Love it! Best day out for our kids. Great facilities and helpful, kind staff
  • March 2018 I visited the Royal Thai Air Force museum founded in 1952. Excellent museum Free entry. Very clean public toilets. Amazing aircraft from 1911 to today featuring Bi-planes to the latest supersonic jets. Highly recommend * * * * * Note there is no shop or food outlet
  • An aviation museum with a wonderful selection of aircraft reflecting national/ regional crises and allegences. Aircraft and artifacts are displayed in a purpose built complex, whilst many precious historic aircraft suffer in the open from intense sunlight, rain and Bangkok pollution. Clean toilets but I didn't see any refreshments available. Take water and a snack, the museum is worth a lengthy visit.
  • I am an aviation expert and crazy about airplanes. Civil aviation is absolutely my passion. I decided to visit this museum (free entrance) The Royal Thai Air Force Museum has a small but surprisingly interesting plane collection hidden away near the old Don Muang Airport. It doesn't compare with famous big air museums which you can find in Paris, London or the USA, but..... this museum covers the entire history of Thai Aviation since the very first double-winged planes. About thirty airplanes are displayed partly outdoors and partly indoors. Large hangars have been changed into a museum. Even if you are an aviation expert, you will not believe your eyes! Aviation history at its best! Definitely worth a visit. Opening hours: daily from 9am until 4pm, except (public) holidays.
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