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RLAF

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 Documenting the past for future generations

October 23, 2019

Apropos of nothing, I was pleased earlier today to run across a photo of my late friend and comrade in arms Major Ly Tou Xiong. I had the pleasure of working with him for a few months at Long Tieng, Laos, in 1972. He was one of General Vang Pao's pilots, and in additio...

September 14, 2019

T 28 Trojans of the Royal Lao Air Force at Udon Thani, Thailand training new Chaophakao Pilots for the Secret war in Laos.

ย้อนอดีตชมบรรยากาศภายในฐานทัพอากาศสหรัฐฯ จังหวัดอุดรธานี เมื่อปี พ.ศ. 2515 หรือ 47 ปีก่อน @ ชมบรรยากาศ เรื่องราวแห่งยุคสมัย ของเมืองไทย เมื่ออดีต ผ...

July 21, 2019

Lamphanh Vongkosy and I first met in Pakse, Laos, in July 1972. Within two months thereafter, both of us were at Long Tieng (Longcheng), where I snapped this photo. Skyline Ridge, the scene of ferocious fighting in the winter of 1971-72, is in the background. I was a U...

March 13, 2019

Are you familiar with anyone by the last name of SAYSONGKHAM or XAYSONGKHAME? Air America Association, Inc. is looking for the family of Khamphanh Saysongkham, who was MIA in Laos in December 1971. Please contact Air America Association, Inc. directly if you have any l...

January 28, 2019

Control tower detail. Note the low-tech communication (a green "GO" sign hung out the window) and the cows in the foreground.

Col. Concy, the Wing Commander, finally solved the problem of cows on the runway by putting out word that any cattle found on the runway would b...

January 28, 2019

Lt. Bounthiem, having forgotten to lower his flaps, landed going too fast, ran out of runway, and turned onto the main parking ramp, hitting a C-123 and killing a civilian who was inside the C-123 as a passenger, awaiting his flight to Vientiane. Bounthiem indicated he...

January 28, 2019

Looking southeast from the CIA compound. The building on the left contains newly constructed quarters. When it was finished, the CIA gave us the use of one two-bed room, and thereafter I generally spent the night instead of returning to Vientiane at the end of the day...

January 28, 2019

In this news clip, CPK Vang Sue uses tactics that the Chao Pha Khao developed from their combat experience. The battle field required the CPK to adapt standard dive angles they were taught in Udorn: 45° for bombs, 30° for rockets, 15° for strafing. Notice the steeper t...

January 28, 2019

 The following recollections was provided by Toufong Vang, the son of Maj. Vang Sue who was killed in action in the line of duty on October 18, 1972.

"When we talked about the high numbers of sorties my father flew.

There were days where my father flew 17 sorties. A...

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