RTAF Gripens honour 100 years of Thai flying

Two Royal Thai Air Force Gripen aircraft from the 701 squadron at Wing 7, Surat Thani, took part in Wing 41´s air show 19 April in Chiang Mai.

The event is part of the ongoing celebrations during 2012, honouring 100 years since the founding fathers of RTAF first took to the Thai skies. 

•	A Gripen C from the 701 squadron, piloted by Group Captain Jakkrit Thammawichai, during the flying display at Wing 41 Chiang Mai.

A Gripen C from the 701 squadron, piloted by Group Captain Jakkrit Thammawichai, during the flying display at Wing 41 Chiang Mai.

Group Captain Jakkrit Thammavichai, the 701 squadron leader, piloted a Gripen C in a flying display while a Gripen D was parked on static display on the tarmac.

This was the first time Gripen flew over the skies in Chiang Mai province. Around 30 000 visitors attended the air show.

The major jubilee event will be held 2 July 2012 at Don Muang airport in Bangkok. 

A Gripen C from the 701 squadron, piloted by Group Captain Jakkrit Thammawichai, passing by the RTAF Blue Phoenix team at Wing 41 in Chiang Mai. RTAF Blue Phoenix is the newly-established aerobatic team of the Royal Thai Air Force.

A Gripen C from the 701 squadron, piloted by Group Captain Jakkrit Thammawichai, passing by the RTAF Blue Phoenix team at Wing 41 in Chiang Mai. RTAF Blue Phoenix is the newly-established aerobatic team of the Royal Thai Air Force. 

RTAF Gripen C and Gripen D on display alongside a special-painted F-16 "The Century Falcon" and PC-9 of the RTAF Blue Phoenix team at Wing 41 in Chiang Mai with an Extra 300L aerobatic aircraft flying in the background.

RTAF Gripen C and Gripen D on display alongside a special-painted F-16 "The Century Falcon" and PC-9 of the RTAF Blue Phoenix team at Wing 41 in Chiang Mai with an Extra 300L aerobatic aircraft flying in the background.

Airbus Military A400M Grizzly 4 taxiing pass the RTAF Gripen C and special-painted F-16 "The Century Falcon".  A400M was on an Asian tour and participated the 100th year of founding father of RTAF at Wing 41 in Chiang Mai.

Airbus Military A400M Grizzly 4 taxiing pass the RTAF Gripen C and special-painted F-16 "The Century Falcon".  A400M was on a Asian tour and participated in the 100th year of founding fathers of RTAF jubilee at Wing 41 in Chiang Mai.

All photos by Sukasom Hiranphan