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Takhli RTAFB - Land of the King Cobra
Re: Takhli RTAFB- The Early Days
Thanks for sharing your experiences with us and for paving the way for those of us who arrived there after you. There was not much there when I got there in 1965, and I thought it was bare bones then. (I can only imagine how it was when you got there). In fact, the Air Force contracted hotels for us in Bangkok and bused us in to Takhli on a 4 on, 3 off basis. As I understood it the reason for this was that there was not enough quarters constructed yet to accommodate all of us to stay there at the same time. I also spent some time at Clark as well as Andersen, Guam.
Thank you for your service Dick.
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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