posted on May, 22 2014 @ 06:17 AM
Something I found rather of interest this morning.. The US Airforce comes though every few months and helps with a courtesy maintenance inspection and
actually trains with the Thais on certain aircraft like the C-130.. They were here about 6 months ago training and doing inspections on C-130s. Great
group of guys.. Today there was a US KC-135 (the new model with the high bi-pass engines...same 707 airframe) flying around all over the place mostly
low level (below 3000 msl) Wonder if uncle sugar is trying to sell the KC-135 air tanker ? The Thais actually have some decent fighter aircraft
aircraft but I do not know if they have air to air refueling capability ? I could find out in the next few days for I play golf with some of the big
boys of the airforce.. We never talk shop just play golf for a little Baht.
Looks like the Thais are running 54 F-16 A/B Block 15 OCU/ADF/MLU in service (39 F-16 A and 15F-16 B) 12 F-16A and 6 F-16B undergoing MLU program
They are still using 16 F-5T and 18 F-5E/F ...I always liked the F-5 but it's day is long passed except for some 3d world conflict.... F-5T (s) were
upgraded to the Python-4 integrated Elbit Systems DASH (Display And Sight Helmet) HMS system. Have not heard good or bad...... or if the upgrade was
successful... I am very far removed from even caring /
I have seen some en.wikipedia.org...
flying around which are a beautiful aircraft.. I do not know much about them for I
never flew one.. I think they are supposed to end up with 18 but I am not sure..
If Uncle sugar wanted to he could supply the Thai air force with more aircraft than they have pilots for, all from Davis Monthan AFB.... The ones
they have parked in the desert for those unfamiliar with the base where all our excess goes. For that matter Uncle sugar could supply all of S.E. Asia
if China started getting frisky. Won't happen IMO but the assets are certainly there. Let us hope some kind of proxy stuff does not come about...
So far today there seems to be a few more check points on the major highways but my wife says they are looking for drugs because of a major bust that
went down... otherwise it was hotter than a fresh bowl of chili today...