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Takhli RTAFB - Land of the King Cobra
Re: Takhli RTAFB- The Early Days
So YOU are the one that started all this!! HAHAHA Can't imagine what it was like before late 1968 when I arrived but sure am glad guys like you went before and got things lined up.
Takhli was really a pretty good place to be assigned and the time passed pretty quick. I enjoyed my assignment. Thanks again, Oh, and the only time I made it to Clark was on the Braniff flight over there. Some problem with crew or plane and the let us go to the NCO club. Had an area there an many of us filled our pockets or whatever we had with little airline bottles of booze.
The cocktails were great but man when you got off the air conditioned plane into the steaming heat it sure made your realize where you were.
I was privileged to serve as the OIC of the 1400 acre munitions storage site at Clark AFB Philippines from 1961 to 1963. As such, I was in and out of Takhli many times TDY to inspect munitions already stored there. There was NOTHING there except the 12000 ft. runway, three quonsett huts, a sort of fire station and two A-26 aircraft painted black.You had to have a diplomatic clearance to even go there and,oh, I forgot the two earthen jars full of dead cobras next to the personnel area. I later experienced getting acquainted with pilots and their F100d aircraft both from the 510th TFS at Clark as well as flights of four 100Ds deployed TDY from Cannon AFB periodically.It was just an inkling of things to come but well worth remembering and has given me the deepest admiration and respect for everyone who served our country at Takhli as well as all of SEA during Vietnam.
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