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Royal Thai Air Force Bases

The air force maintains a number of modern bases from which it conducts its administrative, transport, and training operations. The bases, which were constructed between 1954 and 1968, had permanent buildings, sophisticated ground support equipment, and some of the best runways in Asia. All but one were part of the network of airfields built and used by United States forces until their withdrawal from Thailand in 1976. Consolidating the equipment left by the departing units in accordance with government-to-government agreements, the Thai air force assumed use of the installations at Ta Khli and Nakhon Ratchasima.

In the late 1980s, these bases and Don Muang Air Base outside Bangkok, which the air force shared with civil aviation, remained the primary operational holdings. Maintenance of the facilities at other bases abandoned by the United States proved too costly and exceeded Thai needs. Nonetheless, all runways were still available for training and emergency use. By 2004 the Royal Thai Air Force had its main base at Don Muang airport, adjacent to Bangkok's International Airport. The RTAF also had large air fields and facilities at Nakon Ratchasima Ubon Ratchathani, Udon Thani and Takhli.

Pak Chong (also called Korat), Nakhon Ratchasima Province, Thailand (220 km northeast of Bangkok) in an ammunition dump - 395-acre arsenal. This warehouse is a major artillery supply base for Thailand's northeastern region. Cope Tiger is an annual, multinational exercise conducted in two phases in the asia-pacific region. The first phase is a tactical seminar/command post workshop where aircrews from the three countries participated in mission planning. The first phase of Cope Tiger 98 concluded at Paya Lebar Air Base, Singapore on Nov. 7, 1997. The second phase is the flying training exercise, which took place at Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base (RTAFB) near the city of Nakhon Ratchasima (commonly called Korat), 110 miles northeast of Bangkok.

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