Updated: Nov 21, 2020
Held annually on the 2nd Saturday of January at Don Mueang Royal Thai Air Force Base, the Children's Day Airshow is one of the most anticipated and celebrated events for Children's Day in Thailand. A large open event, filled with both static and flying displays, as well as activity and food booths for the public, the Children's Day Airshow always draws in a huge crowd yearly. Up until last year, I have not had the opportunity nor time to attend the RTAF Children's Day Airshow, so I finally decided to make an effort, book a trip up to Bangkok, along with my fellow avgeeks Dillon and Jonathan, and to attend this incredible event.
GETTING TO DON MUEANG
With the Airshow starting at 0800hours in the morning, my friends and I opted to take a Private Hire Car (GRAB) to Don Mueang Airbase. Truth be told, Private Hire Car services in Thailand are generally affordable compared to Singapore, so the cost was not overly hefty on our wallets. The Car dropped us off at the designated location, after which we needed to go the rest of the way into the Airshow premises on foot. There were plenty of street stalls set up along the road, selling all sorts of goodies from snacks, drinks to toys, hats and other apparels. The walk to the airshow from the drop off point was roughly 10-15mins long, though a less tiring alternative would have been to take the shuttle bus at the Air Force Museum into the airshow entrance. However, that would have taken more time as the queue for the bus was extremely long and crowded. There was no entrance fee, but we did have to line up for a brief bag check and security screening. Overall, it was not a hassle getting to the airshow.
(1) RTAF Airbus A340-500
The one plane we set our sights on catching was the Royal Thai Air Force's Airbus A340-500. Previously flown by Thai Airways as HS-TLC, this plane was stored in 2012, and subsequently taken over by the Royal Thai Air Force, re-registered as HS-TYV. The aircraft now serves as a VIP transport for the RTAF, ferrying dignitaries and members of the Thai Royal Family overseas when needed. Unlike most other aircraft on display, the A340 and other VIP transports are normally kept at a relative distance from the exhibition area, to prevent members of the public from getting too close to the aircraft. This time around, it was not too far off, and we had a clear direct view of this amazing aircraft.