Angel Thunder ’08: RTAF In Hot! (Part I)

As an annual weapon operation competition to evaluate the effectiveness of the training of whole year, this year Angel Thunder come back to Nam Pong Gunnery Range in Kon Kaen. But unfortunately, the weather was bad and the size of showing area were limit the aerial display so this year was not as big as last year in Chandy ’07 which the paticipaint had a chance to experience the live-firing live-bombing show from almost all RTAF fighters.

But it’s still worth to see.

Photos has been force resize to fit the wordpress web style. You can save these photos in your computer to see the full-scale images.

I had been invited by RTAF as an internet press from my blog. We boarded the C-130H to Kon Kaen in a not-much smooth flight because of bad weather.

The event was organized by Air Combat Command Headquarter. ACM Kanit Suwanneat is the chairperson.

Just after the opening ceremony the rain drop heavily. So the CAS demonstration display was limit. This year feature aircrafts are 2 x F-16, 4 x Alphajet, 2 x F-5, 1 x BT-67, and 1 x C-130. (BT-67 demonstrated the rainmaking mission and C-130 decomstrated the firefighting mission.)

Close up look on AA gun. This is just like a demonstration gun.

And UH-1H also paticipated in the CSAR mission, rescusing the downed pilot.

To be continued on part II ….


3 Responses to Angel Thunder ’08: RTAF In Hot! (Part I)

  1. frank says:

    Nice photos.
    Do you have an image from the twin .50cal gunners point of view?

  2. thaimilitary says:

    This is all I have for now. It’s quite loud there and I just got up close just when they change the ammunition. ^ ^”

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