Saturday 13 January 2018, was the main reason for our trip to Thailand. Wan Dek, or Children’s Day is celebrated every second Saturday in January. During the week we had discussed our plans for this day and the group wanted to see as many different types of aircraft as possible. The event at Don Mueang is one of the largest, so we started there. Our hotel was close to the event and we parked our cars tactically so we could ‘escape’ the event without traffic hassle. We reported to the museum gate at about 06:30hr and the gates opened at 7:00hr. You could take a shuttle bus to the static/flight line or walk giving a few more opportunities. The static consisted of some 20 aircraft and as we were very early these could be graphed fairly ok. At 08:00hr an F-16 dashed by with high speed, followed by four F-16s doing a show. Oppose to the Thursday taking pictures was now great. A Lop Buri based H225M did a Search & Rescue display followed by three AU-23 and the four F-16 landing and parking in front of the crowds. Then it was time for us to leave as we wanted to visit other places.
We drove north to Lop Buri-Sa Pran Nak, the largest Army base. The event was not at the airfield, but near the Headquarters. Here five helicopters were on display to the public. Talking to the pilots we learned all helicopters would depart with minutes. This was great to witness! After this we drove to the museum on base and several other W&R. But no time to lose as Lop Buri-Koke Kathiem, an Air Force base, was nearby. Here the event was almost at its end, but because of that we could take clean shots of the static aircraft at the many W&R around the base.
It was time to go back south, our hotel near the international airport. Here we had our last meal and drink of the successful trip. The majority of the group went home the next Saturday. During our week we saw a large variety of aircraft of the Thai armed forces.