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The purpose of this document is to provide information on all the aircraft that have been operated by the Union of Burma Air Force/Tamdaw Lay since its establishment in 1947/1948 until the present day. Any errors and omissions is the sole responsibility of the author.

Airspeed Oxford/Consul
A total of 15 Oxfords and nine Consuls saw service with the UBAF. Some were armed with two 0.303 machine guns mounted in pods under the fuselage, and eight 25 lb. (11.3 kg) rockets, four under each wing. Unfortunately, not much is known of their service. However, by 1950, five had been lost.

Former RAF s/ns include, R6161 (received 18 November 1948), T1101 (9 December 1948), T1386 (13 October 1948), V3746 (2 December 1948), W6578 (19 December 1948), W6638 (18 November 1948), X7135 (18 November or 25 November 1948), BM719 (16 December 1948), ED173 (2 December 1948). Unfortunately, no tie-ups between the RAF s/ns and the UBAF s/ns are known. At least two Oxfords received Class B registrations before delivery, G-22-11 and G-22-15.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
UB-331     March 1949 Dbr at Mingaladon AB 26 April 1949. Hung-up bomb exploded on landing.
UB-332     March 1949 Crashed on overshoot, 5 April 1949 at Nawnghio, near Maymyo.
UB-333     March 1949 Fitted with dorsal turret and Lewis gun. Tested at A & AEE at Boscombe Down before delivered to Burma.
UB-334     August 1949  
UB-335     August 1949 Missing on ops in Heglu area, 15 December 1949.
UB-336     August 1949 Dbr on t/o from Meiktila AB after engine failure, April 1950.
UB-337     December 1949  
UB-338     December 1949  
UB-339     October 1949 Consul. Damaged in landing accident, March 1950. Stored by June 1951.
UB-340     October 1949 Consul. Crashed during demonstration flight, 15 June 1950, when under-wing rocket exploded.
UB-341     November 1949  
UB-342     November 1949  
UB-343     February 1950 Consul
UB-344     February 1950 Consul
UB-345     March 1950 Consul
UB-346     January 1950  
UB-347     January 1950  
UB-348     February 1950 Consul
UB-349     February 1950 Consul
UB-350     March 1950  
UB-351     March 1950  
UB-352     March 1950  
UBC.1     c. September 1949 ex HN831, G-AJNL, XY-ABK
UBC.2     c. September 1949 ex HM917, G-AJNU, XY-ABI

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Antonov An-12 Cub
One An-12 Cub wearing the s/n 5812 was noted at Yangon in January 2003. Confirmation is required.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
5812        

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Auster AOP Mk V
Nine former RAF Auster Mk Vs were transferred in December 1947. The Austers were the first aircraft delivered to the fledgling UBAF. By October 1950, only one remained in service.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
? TJ263   December 1947 Unserviceable in May 1948. Not assembled, to spares April 1949.
? TJ264   December 1947 Stored by October 1950, w/o.
? TJ265   December 1947 Unserviceable in May 1948. Not assembled, to spares in April 1949.
? TJ594   December 1947 Unserviceable in May 1948. Shot down by insurgents, January 1949. Pilot killed.
? TJ604   December 1947 Unserviceable in May 1948. Not assembled, to spares in April 1949.
? TJ636   December 1947 Active in May 1948 and May 1949. Stored by October 1950, w/o.
? TJ705   December 1947 Unserviceable in May 1948. Not assembled, to spares in April 1949.
? TW370   December 1947 Unserviceable in May 1948. Only Auster 5 remaining in service in October 1950. TT 42.20 hrs.
? TW372   December 1947 W/o pending in January 1950.

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Ayres S2R-T65 Turbo Thrush
Three Turbo Thrush delivered in 1985 and one in 1986. Funded by USA for anti-drug use.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
  T65-1X N3099M    
  T65-2X N3099D    
  T65-3X N3099F    
  T65-?      

References:

  • World Air Forces Directory 2006/07 (Mach III)


Beagle D5/180 Husky
Three were delivered. One is currently preserved as s/n 2112. One additional D5/180, c/n 3687, was apparently intended for Burma. However, it was delivered in February 1967 to the Royal Thai Police as s/n 1409.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
? 3681   1966/67 On Rearsby production line on 29 September 1966.
? 3685 G-35-15? 1966/67 On Rearsby production line on 29 September 1966. One Husky, c/n 3585?, carrying the B-class registration G-35-15 was logged on Heathrow on 23 August 1966.
? 3686   1966/67  

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Beech D18S UB-376. (photo, MAP)

Beech D18S
Six model D18S's were ordered in early February 1957, with the sales order agreement being signed on 6 February 1957 by the Embassy of Burma in Washington on behalf of the Burmese government.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
UB-372 A-1030   27 June 1957 Noted at Prestwick, UK, 30 June 1957 on delivery flight.
UB-373 A-1031   11 July 1957 Noted at Prestwick, UK, 14 July 1957 on delivery flight.
UB-374 A-1032   26 July 1957 Noted at Prestwick, UK, 30 July 1957 on delivery flight.
UB-375 A-1033   2 August 1957 Noted at Prestwick, UK, 5 August 1957 on delivery flight.
UB-376 A-1034   9 August 1957  
UB-377 A-1035   9 August 1957  
NB; the `Delivered´ dates are the date the aircraft left the factory at Wichita, KS.

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Queen Air UB-380. (photo, MAP)

Beech 65 Queen Air
Some were acquired as replacements for the Beech D18S's. A few are reportedly still in service.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
UB-380 30413     Noted at Oakland-Metropolitan, CA, June 1965.

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Bell 205A 6205 at Seletar, Singapore in the 1980s.
(photo, Chris Pocock)

Bell 205A-1
Eighteen Bell 205A-1s were delivered in 1975. One was lost on 12 February 1984. Twelve are still in service. Funded by the USA for anti-drug use.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
6201 30186      
6202 30190      
6203 30192      
6204 30194      
6205 30202      
6206 30204      
6207 30219      
6208 30222      
6209 30225      
6210 30226      
6211 30227      
6212 30228      
6213 30241      
6214 30242      
6215 30243      
6216 30244      
6217 30245      
6218 30246      

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Bell 206B JetRanger
Seven Bell 206Bs were delivered to Burma in 1986. It is possible that they were not intended for military use, as they reportedly were issued with civil registrations. Funded by the USA for anti-drug use.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
? 2456     XY-???
? 2459     XY-???
? 2462     XY-???
? 2465     XY-???
? 2468     XY-???
? 2471     XY-???
? 2474     XY-???

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Bell 212
one Bell 212 (UH-1H) delivered in 1977. Funded by the USA for anti-drug use.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
6220     1977  

References:

  • World Air Forces Directory 2006/2007 (Mach III)


Bristol 170 Freighter
Two were delivered in 1954. Both were withdrawn from use in 1966, and sold to an Australian operator.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
UB-721 13143   12 March 1954 Sold to Australia. Registered in 1966 as VH-TBC.
UB-722 13210   26 March 1954 Sold to Australia. Registered in 1966 as VH-TBD, but not taken up. Wfu and stored.

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Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander
Two BN-2 Islanders delivered from the Indian Navy in August 2006. An agreement to supply two more aircraft was reached in May 2007. Used for maritime surveillance and air ambulance duties.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
      Aug 2006  
      Aug 2006  
      May 2007  
      May 2007  

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Cessna 180
Ten delivered in 1957. Remarkably, four were reportedly still in service in 2003.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
UB-604 32622      
UB-605 32623      
UB-606 32624      
UB-607 32625      
UB-608 32626      
UB-609 32627      
UB-610 32628      
UB-611 32629      
UB-612 32630      
UB-613 32631      

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Cessna T-37C Tweet
Twelve T-37Cs were delivered in 1971-1972. Nine were reportedly operational as late as 1986. Although primarily operated as jet basic trainers, they may have been modified to carry rockets and/or machine gun pods.
Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         

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Cessna 550 Citation II
One was delivered in 1982. Its primary use is VIP transport and aerial surveillance. Presumably, it is still in service - although not reported since it's delivery.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
4400 550-0358 N6801Q August 1982  

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F-7M 16-51 at Yangon Airport in
early 2008. (photo, Andy Davey)

Chengdu F-7M Airguard
The F-7M Airguard (a Chinese reverse-engineered MiG-21F-13) was ordered in 1990, with the first batch of 30 arriving in 1991. The first unit to receive the F-7M was the No. 1 Fighter Squadron at Hmawbi AB (No. 501 Air Base), which attained IOC on 3 May 1991 with 10 F-7Ms and two FT-7s. A second batch of 30 F-7Ms was ordered in November 1994. The exact number of F-7Ms delivered is unclear, as one source quotes 54 (including two-seat FT-7Ms). Thirty-six aircraft, both single-seaters and two-seaters, were upgraded in 1997 by Israeli companies. An additional batch of F-7Ms is said to have been delivered sometime after 1997. However, these were not upgraded.

In TL service, the F-7Ms equipped four squadrons, including one OCU. By 1996, several had been lost in accidents. Since then, at least two have been lost, on 1 October 2002 near Twante, pilot killed, and on 18 August 2004 near Meiktila/Shande AB. The pilot in the latter accident survived, but a person on the ground was killed when he was struck by debris.

The main reasons for the accidents are said to be the low manufacturing quality of the aircraft, as well as lack of spares. Chinese advisors attached to the TL were often characterized by TL personnel as being arrogant. Some former TL staff stated that the Chinese maintenance staff and instructors attached to the TL, were, in fact, intelligence officers with little or no knowledge of aircraft operations. All observed F-7Ms carry s/ns in the '16-' range.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
16-13       Observed, Yangon, September 1997 and January 2004.
16-17       Observed, Yangon January 2004.
16-19       An A-5M carrying this s/n was observed at Yangon in December 2000. However, it was probably a F-7M.
16-21       Observed at Yangon, September 1997.
16-22        

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DH 82A Tiger Moth
A total of 12 were delivered in 1947/48. One additional aircraft was delivered for ground instruction. Apparently, all received UBAF s/ns in the UB-1xx range, although no tie-ups with RAF s/ns are known. By 1951/52, all had been withdrawn from use.

One Tiger Moth, UB-156, has been preserved.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
  82019 N6741 November 1947 Shipped 4 October 1947 from Birkenhead on SS Martaban. Arrived Rangoon on 13 November 1947. In service in May 1948, inactive in June 1951.
  82072 N5802 November 1947 Shipped 4 October 1947 from Birkenhead on SS Martaban. Arrived Rangoon on 13 November 1947. In service in May 1948. Twisted fuselage, November 1950, June 1951, awaiting w/o.
  82211 N6973 January 1948 ex 6473M, Shipped 10 December 1947 from Birkenhead on SS Salween. Arrived Rangoon on 4 January 1948. Instructional airframe.
  82305 N9188 April 1948 Shipped 2 March 1948 from Birkenhead on SS Prome. Arrived Rangoon on 2 April 1948. Not assembled by May 1948. Inactive in June 1951.
  82320 N9203 February 1948 Shipped on 12 January 1948 from Birkenhead on SS Kansi. Arrived Rangoon on 18 February 1948. In service in May 1948. Inactive in June 1951.
  82523 N9496 November 1947 Shipped 4 October 1947 from Birkenhead on SS Martaban. Arrived Rangoon on 13 November 1947. Spun in on 17 April 1948, w/o.
  82525 N9498 November 1947 Shipped 4 October 1947 from Birkenhead on SS Martaban. Arrived Rangoon on 13 November 1947. Stored in May 1948, inactive in June 1951.
  83020 R5138 February 1948 Shipped on 12 January 1948 from Birkenhead on SS Kansi. Arrived Rangoon on 18 February 1948. In service in May 1948. Damaged by fire in December 1950, in reassembly in June 1951.
  85365 DE343 January 1948 Shipped 10 December 1947 from Birkenhead on SS Salween. Arrived Rangoon on 4 January 1948. Overturned on landing at Mingaladon 27 April 1948, w/o.
  85439 DE431 February 1948 Shipped on 12 January 1948 from Birkenhead on SS Kansi. Arrived Rangoon on 18 February 1948. In storage, May 1948. In service in June 1951.
  85459 DE463 April 1948 Shipped 2 March 1948 from Birkenhead on SS Prome. Arrived Rangoon on 2 April 1948. In storage, May 1948. Inactive in June 1951.
  85613 DE672 April 1948 Shipped 11 February 1948 from Birkenhead on SS Burma. Arrived Rangoon on 6 April 1948. In storage, May 1948. In service in June 1951.
  851xx EM980 February 1948 Shipped on 12 January 1948 from Birkenhead on SS Kansi. Arrived Rangoon on 18 February 1948. In service in May 1948 and June 1951.

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DH 115 Vampire T 55
Eight delivered in 1954-1955, as the first jet aircraft of the UBAF. They were mainly used as ground support aircraft against various insurgent groups in northern Burma. One was reportedly shot down as late as 1978.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
UB-501     September 1954  
UB-502     September 1954  
UB-503     September 1954 Preserved Yangon, noted as such on 18 February 2005.
UB-504     September 1954  
UB-505     March 1955  
UB-506     March 1955  
UB-507     March 1955  
UB-508     March 1955  

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DHC-1 Chipmunk
The first five were delivered in 1951/52, replacing the DH 82A as a primary training aircraft.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
UB-150 C1/0352      
UB-151 C1/0366      
UB-153 C1/0404      
UB-154 C1/0407     Preserved Yangon, noted as such 18 February 2005.
UB-172 C1/0627      
UB-173 C1/0642      
UB-174 C1/0657     Sold to USA in March 1995. Cassville, MS.
UB-175 C1/0672     Sold to USA in March 1995. Cassville, MS.
UB-176 C1/0678     Sold to USA in 1994. Registered as N176AB. Currently operated by private owner at Grand Junction, CO. NB; the FAA web site lists the manufacturer as "Barber Robert L", with a build year of 1995, c/n 539.

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DHC-3 Otter
Nine delivered between 1958 and 1961. Seven were sold to civilian operators in 1989.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
UB-651 273   8 December 1958 later 4651, Sold to Canada. Registered on 8 May 1990 as C-FHPE. Operated by Athabaska Airways Ltd, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Sold to Transwest Air Ltd Partnership, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, on 8 November 2001.
UB-652 274   4 December 1958 later 4652, Sold to Canada. Registered on 28 June 1990 as C-FINA. Registration cancelled 1990. Sold to Sweden. Registered on 10 September 1990 as SE-KPB. Operated by Kiruna Flyg AB. Registration cancelled on 15 April 1993, sold to Canada. Registered as C-GKPB. W/o on 22 May 1993.
UB-653 277   8 December 1958 later 4653, Preserved Yangon, noted as such on 18 February 2005.
UB-654 374   7 October 1960 later 4654, W/o?
UB-655 383   21 September 1960 later 4655, Sold to Canada. Registered on 27 February 1990. Current with Jackson Air Services Ltd, Flin Flon, Manitoba.
UB-656 386   14 September 1960 later 4656, Sold to Canada. Registered on 23 April 2001 as C-GHYB. Operated by South Peace Service Ltd, Pine Falls, Manitoba. Sold to Blue Water Aviation Services Ltd, Pine Falls, Manitoba, on 13 May 2002. Current.
UB-657 406   17 November 1961 later 4657, Sold to Sweden. Registered on 15 May 1990 as SE-KOX. Operated by Svenska Fallskärmsklubben Aros, Västerås. Registration cancelled on 3 March 2005 as sold to USA. Registered 4 March 2005 as N406H. Current with Wipaire Inc., Saint Paul, MN.
UB-658 415   27 November 1961 later 4658, Sold to USA. Registered on 12 December 1989 as N321KA. Operated by Ketchum Air Service, Inc., Anchorage, AK. DBF 19 August 1993 at Nikabuna Lake, AK.
UB-659 419   6 December 1961 later 4659, Sold to USA. Registered as N472PM. Registration cancelled. Registered on 31 July 2002 as N727KT. Current with Rustair Inc., Anchorage, AK.

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Douglas C-47 Skytrain
At least 17 C-47s were operated by the UBAF. Most were obtained from civilian sources, Burmese Airways and Indian Airlines. One unidentified C-47 was written off on 13 May 1955, when it crashed into Doi Pa Hom Pok, 25 kilometres northwest of Amphur Fang, Chiang Mai, Thailand. The wreck was located on 29 May 1955. Seven crew/passengers were killed. Other losses occurred on 8 May 1962, when a C-47 crashed near Mong Pa Liao, and on 5 July 1976 at an unknown location. In the latter accident, 17 crew/passengers were killed.

In April 1978, eight surviving C-47s were sold to Nevada Airlines. One, 'UB-736' is currently preserved at Yangon.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
UBT-701        
UBT-702 19920 XY-ABZ 1950? later 5702. ex 43-15454, VH-CDL (RAAF), PI-C25, XY-ABZ. Wfu, sold to Nevada A/L in April 1978. Registered in July 1978 as N2271B. Still on USCAR Nov 2005, but reported as scrapped at Guam in 1983.
UBT-703 13491 XY-ACA 1950? later 5703. ex 42-93565, Philippines AF, XY-ACA. Wfu, sold to Nevada A/L in April 1978. Registered in July 1978 as N2270Z. Still on USCAR November 2005. Fate unknown, may never have left South East Asia.
UBT-704 13888 XY-ACB 1950? later 5704. ex 43-30737, Philippines AF, XY-ACB. Fate unknown
UBT-705 13512 XY-ACC   ex 42-93584, XY-ACC. Dbr 13 November 1949 at Lamywa.
UBT-706        
UBT-707 12085 XY-ACG 1950? later 5707. ex 42-92300, FZ551, VT-DAY, XY-ACG. Fate unknown.
UBT-708 13387 XY-ACH 1950? later 5708. ex 42-93472, KG627, VT-COH, XY-ACH. Wfu, sold to Nevada A/L in April 1978. Registered in July 1978 as N2270W. Still on USCAR, but reportedly scrapped at Guam.
UBT-709 12915 XY-ACJ 1950? later 5709. ex 42-93047, KG511, VT-CHA, XY-ACJ. Fate unknown
UBT-710 12851 XY-ACJ 1950? later 5710. ex 42-92989, VT-CCH, XY-ACJ. Fate unknown
UBT-711 19381 XY-ACK 1950? later 5711. ex 43-15365, VT-AXX, XY-ACK. Coded 'W' in UBAF service. Wfu, sold to Nevada A/L in April 1978. Registered in July 1978 as N2270N. Noted as derelict at Guam, presumably scrapped.
UBT-712 33174 G-AOAL 1955 later 5712. ex 44-76842, KN559, AP-ADA, F-OAQA, G-AOAL. Wfu, sold to Nevada A/L in April 1978. Registered in July 1978 as N2271D. Sold to Airlease Ltd, Burns, CO on 3 July 2000. Still on USCAR, November 2005. Fate unknown, may never have left South East Asia.
UBT-713 26570 G-ANZF 1955 later 5713. ex 43-49309, KK117, H-704, G-ANZF. Fate unknown.
UBT-714 25309 G-ANZE 1955 later 5714. ex 43-48048, KG765, C-406, G-ANZE. XY-URT noted, possibly UBAF call-sign. Wfu, sold to Nevada A/L in April 1978. Registered in July 1978 as N2271C. Sold to Airlease Ltd, Burns, OR, on 3 July 2000. Still on USCAR, November 2005. Fate unknown, may never have left South East Asia.
UBT-715 10239 G-AODD 1955 later 5715. ex 42-24377, NC36412, LR-AAO, OD-AAO, G-AODD. Wfu, sold to Nevada A/L in April 1978. Registered in July 1978 as N2270M. Sold to Airlease Ltd, Burns, OR, on 3 July 2000. Noted at Bangkok around 2002. Still on USCAR, September 2003.
UBT-716       later 5716
UBT-717 19252 F-OAMU 1955 later 5717. ex 42-1000789. Wfu, sold to Nevada A/L in April 1978. Registered in July 1978 as N2271F. Still on USCAR, November 2005. Fate unknown, may never have left South East Asia.
'UB-736'   RI-007?   This C-47 was purchased in the USA in January 1949 by Indonesian interests, and operated under the name of Burma India Airways. Donated to the Burmese government on 31 December 1951. The C-47 preserved at Yangon is marked as 'UB-736', noted as such on 18 February 2005.

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Fairchild F-27J
One delivered.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
5006 94 N1353T October 1982 Bought from Singga, Singapore. w/o 21 June 1993

References:

  • World Air Forces Directory 2006/07 (Mach III)


Fairchild FH-227B and -227E
Four were donated by the US Government, all having previously served with Piedmont Airlines. All were fitted with Large Cargo Doors before delivery.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
0001 501 N2227L, N2657 29 December 1977 FH-227E. Obtained from Mobil Producing Services East-Asia, Inc. Reportedly w/o on 21 June 1993?
5002 545 N705U 30 January 1978 W/o 24 January 1980. Collided with building shortly after t/o from Mandalay airport (MDL). 43 killed, one survivor.
5003 552 N709U 5 March 1978  
5004 549 N708U 28 April 1978 last noted Nov 2000
5005 554 N710U 5 May 1978 last noted 1987

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F.27-500 0002 doing touch-and-goes at Yangon
Airport in September 2005. (photo, M. Radzi Desa)

Fokker F-27
Three delivered.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
5001(1) 10124 N47SB 18 May 1976 -100, Donated by US Government via International Air. Wfu on 12 May 1994, and transferred to Myanma Airways as XY-AER (2).
5001(2) 10392 OY-SRR, XY-AER 31 July 1994 -600, Obtained from Star Air of Denmark via Myanma Airways.
0001       First noted Dec 2005.
0002 10617 PH-EXE, XY-AEJ 19 December 1981 -500, Ordered directly from Fokker. Noted as active, 30 September 2005.

References:

  • World Air Forces Directory 2006/07 (Mach III)


Guizhou FT-7M
Two-seat variant of the Chengdu F-7M. Six were delivered in 1991, with six more being ordered in November 1994.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         

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Hawker Sea Fury FB.11
Eighteen former FAA Sea Furies were delivered. All had been refurbished by Hawker's prior to delivery. The first TL Furies arrived in December 1957, with deliveries being completed by May 1958. Three of the FB.11s were converted into target tugs, with the designation being changed to TT.11. Apparently, the TT conversion didn't include a winch, but merely a hook. Unfortunately, it's not known which three FB.11s were converted.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
UB454   VR928    
UB455   VR929    
UB456   VW566    
UB457   VW667    
UB458   VW694    
UB459   VW717    
UB460   VX628    
UB461   VX656    
UB462   VX693    
UB463   WE720, G-9-15    
UB464   WF615    
UB465   WH585, G-9-21    
UB466   WH613   Shot down on 15 February 1961.
UB467   WH619    
UB468   WJ232*    
UB469   WJ280    
UB470   WM488    
UB471   WN486   Preserved Yangon.

* During the Korean War, WJ232 was operated by No. 802 Sqdn, and was flown by Peter Carmichael on 9 August 1952, when he shot down a PLAAF MiG-15.

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Hawker Sea Fury T.20
Three former FAA Sea Fury T.Mk. 20s were delivered between December 1957 and May 1958.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
UB451   VZ368   Sold to the USA in 1979. Registered as N20SF, and raced at Reno by Frank Sanders. Aircraft named `Dreadnaught´. Currently owned by Sanders Aircraft Inc., Ione, CA.
UB452   VZ292    
UB453   VZ354    

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Hongdu/NAMC K-8 Karakorum
Twelve K-8 jet basic trainers were delivered between 1998-2000, with the last arriving in January 2000.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
3901        
3902        
3903        
3904        
3905        
3906        
3907       A photo exists.
3908        
3909       Noted in December 1999.
3910       A photo exists.
3911       Noted in December 1999.
3912       Noted in December 1999.

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Provost UB-201. (photo, MAP)

Hunting Percival Provost Mk 53
Forty delivered in two batches. The Provosts supplemented and eventually replaced the Seafires and Spitfires as ground attack aircraft. Some survivors were sold to the USA in 1999.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
UB-201 PAC/F/180, 1000      
UB-202 PAC/F/200, 1001      
UB-203 PAC/F/211, 1002      
UB-204 PAC/F/212, 1003      
UB-205 PAC/F/231, 1004      
UB-206 PAC/F/232, 1005      
UB-207 PAC/F/252, 1006      
UB-208 PAC/F/253, 1007     later 2208, Preserved at the Royal Palace grounds, Mingaladon.
UB-209 PAC/F/273, 1008      
UB-210 PAC/F/274, 1009      
UB-211 PAC/F/309, 1010     Preserved, Yangon. Noted as such on 18 February 2005.
UB-212 PAC/F/310, 1011     Sold to USA in 1999.
UB-213 PAC/F/425, 1032      
UB-214 PAC/F/426, 1033      
UB-215 PAC/F/427, 1034      
UB-216 PAC/F/432, 1039      
UB-217 PAC/F/433, 1040      
UB-218 PAC/F/434, 1041      
UB-219 PAC/F/435, 1042      
UB-220 PAC/F/436, 1043      
UB-221 PAC/F/437, 1044      
UB-222 PAC/F/438, 1045      
UB-223 PAC/F/441, 1048      
UB-224 PAC/F/442, 1049      
UB-225 PAC/F/443, 1050      
UB-226 PAC/F/445, 1052      
UB-227 PAC/F/446, 1053      
UB-228 PAC/F/447, 1054     later 2228, Sold to USA in 1999.
UB-229 PAC/F/448, 1055      
UB-230 PAC/F/449, 1056      
UB-231 PAC/F/450, 1057      
UB-232 PAC/F/451, 1058     later 2232, Sold to USA in 1999. Currently under restoration in New Zealand.
UB-233 PAC/F/452, 1061      
UB-234 PAC/F/453, 1062      
UB-235 PAC/F/454, 1063      
UB-236 PAC/F/455, 1064      
UB-237 PAC/F/456, 1065     later 2237, Noted somewhere in "central" Myanmar around 2002.
UB-238 PAC/F/457, 1066      
UB-239 PAC/F/458, 1067      
UB-240 PAC/F/459, 1068      
UB-??? PAC/F/462     Reportedly delivered to Burma.

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Ilyushin Il-14 Crate
One Il-14 was delivered in 1956. Judging by the registration, it may have been used as an "Air Force One." No UBAF serial number is known for the Il-14.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
XY-VIP     13 January 1956 Fate unknown

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Kaman HH-43B Huskie
Twelve delivered under MAP in 1963-1964.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
UB-6166       Preserved, Yangon. Noted as such on 18 February 2005.
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         

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Kawasaki-Bell 47G-2
Thirteen delivered between 1958 and 1960.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
UB-671 102      
UB-672 103      
UB-673 104     later UB-6073, Sold to USA 1999.
UB-674 105      
UB-675 106      
UB-676 107     later UB-6076, Sold to USA 1999.
UB-677 131      
UB-678 132     later UB-6078, Sold to USA 1999.
UB-679 133      
UB-680 134     later UB-6080, Sold to USA 1999.
UB-681 135      
UB-682 136     later UB-6082, Preserved Yangon. Noted as such on 18 February 2005.
UB-683 127?      

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Lockheed 14 Hudson IV
One former RAAF Hudson IV was operated by the UBAF.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
  1881 A16-30, VH-ASV   Registered on 13 April 1948 as XY-ACD. Later to UBAF. Fate unknown.

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Lockheed AT-33A
Eight AT-33As delivered in 1967. Subsequent deliveries brought the number to at least 15, and possibly as many as 29. The AT-33A did not see much use with the Tamdaw Lay, being considered to be difficult to maintain. Also, they were too fast and generally unsuitable for the kind of COIN operations performed by the UBAF. Five were lost in a single accident 10 July 1974, when they hit a mountainside in poor weather conditions. By 1978, only six remained in service.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
3514 580-     Preserved, Yangon. Noted as such in November 2000.
3515 580-     Gateguard at Meiktila AB. Noted as such in October 2000.
3516 580-      
3517 580-      
3518 580-      
3519 580-      
3520 580-      
3521 580-      
3522 580-      
3523 580-      
3524 580-      
3525 580-      
3526 580-      
3527 580-      
3528 580-      
3529 580-      
3530 580-     later T-3530, Preserved at Yangon. Noted as such on 18 February 2005.
3531 580-      
3532 580-     Preserved at Royal Palace, Mandalay. Noted as such in June 1995.

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MiG-29 2702 taxying at Yangon Airport
in June 2005. (photo, M. Radzi Desa)

MiG-29 Fulcrum
On 19 June 2001, an order for ten MiG-29 Fulcrum-As was announced. These aircraft were not new-build aircraft, having originally been ordered by Iraq around 1990/91 but not delivered. Of the ten aircraft, eight were single-seaters and two two-seat MiG-29UBs. The cost for the ten Fulcrums was $ 130 million, of which only 30% was to be paid on delivery. The remaining 70% is to be paid over the next ten years.

The first four MiG-29s arrived in December 2002, being delivered to Shande AB near Meiktila. The pair of MiG-29UBs arrived at Mergui AB on 14 March 2003, landing at 04:30 hrs. It is unknown if the Fulcrums were had staged through Shande AB on their way to Mergui AB. All six were flown to Myanmar by Russian pilots. With the arrival of these six Fulcrums, it was stated that the remaining four MiG-29s would arrive in Myanmar before the summer of 2003.

Unconfirmed reports speak of a total of 12 MiG-29s, ten single-seat Fulcrum-As and two MiG-29UBs being delivered to Myanmar. However, the announced 2001 order was for ten MiG-29s only. One MiG-29, s/n 2702, was photographed at Yangon IAP on 22 June 2005, after returning from a training mission.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
2701        
2702       Fulcrum-A
2703        
2704        
2705        
2706        
2707        
2708        
2709       Fulcrum-A
2710        

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Mil Mi-2 Hoplite
At least 23 delivered in the early 1990s. Most presumably remain on the TL inventory.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
661 5611205009   26 Oct 1990  
662 5611206009   24 Oct 1990  
663 5611207009   24 Oct 1990  
664 5611208009   24 Oct 1990  
665 5611209009   23 Oct 1990  
666 5611210100   24 Oct 1990  
667 5611211100   24 Oct 1990  
668 5611212100   26 Oct 1990  
669 5611213100   24 Oct 1990  
670 5611214100   26 Oct 1990  
  5611231022   23 March 1992  
  5611232022   23 March 1992  
  5611233022   23 March 1992  
  5611234022   23 March 1992  
  5611239022   23 March 1992  
  5611240022   25 March 1992  
  5611241022   27 March 1992  
  5611242022   27 March 1992  
  5611243022   30 March 1992  
  5611244022   27 March 1992  
  5611245022   30 March 1992  
  5611246022   3 November 1992  
  5611291022   ?  
6410 56112xxxxx     Preserved, Yangon. Noted as such in Oct 2000. Not noted on 18 February 2005.
6412 56112xxxxx     Preserved, Yangon. Noted as such in Oct 2000. Not noted on 18 February 2005.

NB; The `Delivered´ dates are the factory export dates.

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Mil Mi-17 Hip
The number of Mi-8/-17 Hips delivered to Myanmar remains unclear. Seven Mi-17s were reportedly delivered in 1995, with five Mi-171Bs being ordered in August 1996. Two Mi-8s have been noted, although the last observation was made in October 2000.

One Mi-17 was lost on 20 February 2001. Several high-ranking officers, including Lt Gen Tin Oo, Chief-of-Staff of the Myanmar Army and former Commander of the TL, and several government officials lost their lives in the crash. Although the cause for the crash remains unclear, some of the rebel groups opposing the SLORC regime claimed to have shot it down.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
66-07 95836     Mi-8MTV-1. Noted in October 2000.
66-08     1954 Mi-8T. Photographed during a visit to Thailand in 1997.
         
         
         
         
         

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A-5M 1503 taxying in at Yangon Airport
in December 2005. (photo, M. Radzi Desa)

NAMC A-5M
Twenty-four delivered in 1993-1994, with an additional 24 being ordered in November 1994. One source states 42 as being delivered to Myanmar. In TL service, the A-5M has suffered badly, with no less than 14 being written off in accidents since the type's introduction into service. Since 1995, six are reported to have been lost in combat. The latest known fatal accident to befall an A-5M occurred on 15 October 2002 near Meiktila. As is the case with the Chengdu F-7Ms, problems with low serviceability due to poor build workmanship and lack of spares abound. Twenty-two are said to remain in service

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
1503       noted Dec 2005
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         

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Nanchang PT-6 (CJ-6)
Some Nanchang PT-6 (also known as CJ-6) primary trainers obtained from China circa 2006. One example was written off in May 2007.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
         
         
         
         

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Pilatus PC-6B/B2-H2 Turbo Porter
Seven Pilatus PC-6Bs were delivered to the UBAF between 1976 and 1978. At the time of writing, at least four are still in service.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
4001 772 HB-FGU November 1976 Active, 2005
4002 773 HB-FGV November 1976 Active, 2005
4003 780 HB-FGW February 1977 Active, 2005
4004 781 HB-FGX February 1977 Status unknown
4005 795 HB-FHB July 1978 Status unknown
4006 796 HB-FHC July 1978 Status unknown
4007 797 HB-FHD July 1978 Active, 2005

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Pilatus PC-7
Sixteen delivered from 1979. The PC-7s were modified locally to carry armament. Occasions when they have been used as ground attack aircraft include several raids in July and September 1992 against Karen villages in the eastern Papun district. Several have been lost in TL service.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
2301 102 HB-HAN January 1979  
2302 103 HB-HAP January 1979  
2303 104 HB-HAQ January 1979  
2304 105 HB-HAR May 1979  
2305 106 HB-HAU May 1979  
2306 107 HB-HAV June 1979  
2307 108 HB-HAW June 1979  
2308 109 HB-HAX June 1979  
2309 138 HB-HCM December 1979  
2310(1) 139 HB-HCN   W/o pre-delivery, 12 November 1979.
2310(2) 244 HB-HDC 26 April 1980 Replacement aircraft.
2311 140 HB-HCO December 1979  
2312 141 HB-HCP December 1979  
2313 142 HB-HCR December 1979  
2314 143 HB-HCS 26 April 1980  
2315 144 HB-HCT 26 April 1980  
2316 145 HB-HCU 26 April 1980  

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Pilatus PC-9
Ten delivered. About ten PC-7s and PC-9s are said to have been lost in operations against various insurgent groups. One source states that in 2003, the operational readiness of both the PC-7 and PC-9 was only about 50%.

As the PT-6A turboprop engine is of Canadian manufacture (PT6A-25A for the PC-7 and PT6A-62 for the PC-9), TL use of these aircraft has raised some controversy in Canada due to human rights issues.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
3601 102 HB-HPD April 1986  
3602 104 HB-HQA June 1986  
3603 105 HB-HQB October 1986  
3604 106 HB-HQC October 1986  
3605 186 HB-HQH    
3606 187 HB-HQI    
3607 188 HB-HQJ    
3608 189      
3609 190      
3609 191      

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PZL Swidnik W-3 Sokol
Thirteen delivered 1990-1992. Most are presumably still in service.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
681 330316   19 Nov 1990 later 6501
682 330322   16 Nov 1990 later 6502
683 330323   13 Nov 1990 later 6503
684 330401   12 Nov 1990 later 6504
685 330402   14 Nov 1990 later 6505
686 330403   16 Nov 1990 later 6506
687 330404   19 March 1991 later 6507, photographed 1998
688 330405   28 Jan 1991 later 6508, Preserved, Yangon. Noted as such on 18 February 2005.
689 330406   13 Feb 1991 later 6509
690 330407   13 Jan 1991 later 6510
691 330409   8 April 1991 later 6511
692 330410   8 April 1991 later 6512
695? 360317 0317 (Polish AF) 27 May 1992 (delivery date) later 6515, W-3UT Training variant.

NB; all dates in the `Delivered´ column, are, except as noted, the factory's export date

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Shenyang F-6
Sixteen Shenyang F-6 (or J-6) - the Chinese-built version of MiG-19 - were reportedly delivered from 1992. The F-6s were reportedly better suited to ground attack missions than the F-7Ms and were used with some success. One was noted at Yangon in December 2000 wearing the s/n 1619.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
16-19       Observed at Yangon, December 2000.
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         

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SIAI SF260MB, WB
Twenty SF260s were delivered in 1976 and used for primary pilot training. Two variants were obtained, the MB primary pilot trainer and the WB optimized for COIN missions. Apparently, the three WBs delivered were all modified to MB standard. The type was not a success in UBAF service, with most being grounded for extended periods of time due to poor maintenance. One was written off in 1978, with another being lost in 1982. During the late 1980s, the Tamdaw Lay was cut off from supplies of avgas. It was therefore decided to sell the piston-engined aircraft, including the surviving SF.260s. Sixteen of the surviving SF260s were sold to a Belgian broker. Four were sold to private operators in the USA, while 12 were purchased by the Sri Lankan Air Force (SLAF).

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
2001 225/21-01   1976 Wfu, sold as OO-XBP, to SLAF as s/n CT1xx.
2002 226/21-02   1976 W/o?
2003 227/21-03   1976 Wfu, sold as OO-XBR, to SLAF as s/n CT1xx.
2004 228/21-04   1976 Wfu, sold as OO-XBS, to SLAF as s/n CT1xx.
2005 229/21-05   1976 Wfu, sold as OO-XBN, to SLAF as s/n CT1xx.
2006 230/21-06   1976 Wfu, sold as OO-XBL, sold to USA. Registered on 3 April 1992 as N26AE. Currently owned by private operator, Malibu, CA.
2007 231/21-07   1976 Wfu, sold as OO-XBT, to SLAF as s/n CT1xx.
2008 232/21-08   1976 Wfu, sold as OO-XBM, to SLAF as s/n CT1xx.
2009 233/21-09   1976 W/o?
2010 234/21-10   1976 Preserved, Yangon. Noted as such on 18 February 2005.
2011 281/37-001   1976 Wfu, sold as OO-XBQ, to SLAF as s/n CT1xx.
2012 282/37-002   1976 Wfu, sold as OO-XBH, sold to USA. Registered on 29 November 1999 as N26AU. Currently owned by Maximum Entropy, Inc., Wilmington, DE.
2013 283/37-003   1976 Wfu, sold as OO-XBC, to SLAF as s/n CT1xx.
2014 466/37-004   1976 Wfu, sold as OO-XBF, sold to USA. Registered as N26AR, to N95B. Registered on 21 March 2000 as N688C. Currently owned by Wingspan Inc., Malibu, CA.
2015 467/37-005   1976 Wfu, sold as OO-XBO, to SLAF as s/n CT1xx.
2016 468/37-006   1976 Wfu, sold as OO-XBD, sold to USA. Registered as N26AD, to N46Z, to N45D (ntu). Registered on 7 April 1997 as N46Z. Currently owned by private operator, Minden, NV. Flies in USAF colour scheme.
2017 469/37-007   1976 Wfu, sold as OO-XBE, to SLAF as s/n CT1xx.
2018 470/37-008   1976 W/o?
2019 471/37-009   1976 Wfu, sold as OO-XBB, to SLAF as s/n CT1xx.
2020 472/37-010   1976 Wfu, sold as OO-XBA, to SLAF as s/n CT1xx.

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Slingsby T.45 Swallow
Four delivered. No further details available.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
  1530      
  1532      
  1536      
UB-0014 1564     Preserved, Yangon. Noted as such on 18 February 2005.

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Slingsby T.49 Capstan
Six delivered.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
  1520      
UB-0006 1534     Preserved, Yangon. Noted as such on 18 February 2005.
  1539      
  1561      
  1572      
  1589      

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Slingsby T.51 Dart
Three delivered. No further details available.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
UB-0001 1528     Preserved, Yangon. Noted as such on 18 February 2005.
  1529      
  1531      

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Sud Aviation 316B Alouette III
Delivered in the early 1960s. Eight or nine reportedly still in service in 2003.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
6101 1001   1961  
6102 1002   1961  
6103 1003   1961  
6104 1107   1963  
6105 1108   1963  
6106 1114   1963  
6107 1179   1964  
6108 1180   1964 Preserved Yangon. Noted as such on 18 February 2005.
6109 1210 F-WKQJ 1964  
6110 1273   1965  
6111 1277   1965  
6112 1284   1965  
6113 1436   1967  
6114 1966   1970  

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G4 Super Galeb serial 376.
(photo, Soko)

Soko Super Galeb G4
Some sources indicate that only six, s/ns 371 to 376 were delivered. One source indicates that six were delivered in early 1991, with six more following later the same year. However, the deliveries were halted when the first Balkans War erupted, and ceased after the SOKO plant in the town of Mostar became part of Bosnia-Herzegovina. The SOKOs flew their first missions in March 1991, when five bombed and strafed a fortified Karen village near the Thai border.

Problems with obtaining engine spares were temporarily solved in the mid-1990s when spare Rolls-Royce Viper Mk 632-46 turbojet engines were obtained from Great Britain.

One Galeb G4 has been lost in TL service. Five were said to remain in service in 2003, all of which were non-operational due to lack of spares. Two could possibly be brought back to airworthiness. However, such an action is unlikely, due to the delivery of the Hongdu/NAMC K-8 from China.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
371       later 3701, Observed January 1995.
372       later 3702, Observed October 2000.
373       later 3703, Observed January 1995.
374       later 3704, Observed October 2000.
375       later 3705, Observed October 2000.
376       later 3706
3707        
3708       Observed October 2000.
3709        
3710        
3711        
3712       Observed October 2000.
3713        
3714        
3715        
3716        
3717        
3718        
3719        
3720        

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Supermarine Seafire Mk XV
Twenty former FAA aircraft delivered in 1952. They were test flown in Burma between March and September 1953. After the test flights, the Seafires were transferred to Mingaladon AB, and then to Hmawbi AB north on Rangoon. Here, they were issued to No. 1 Sqdn, and used for counter-insurgency operations in the northern part of the country. The Seafires soldiered on until 1957/58, when they were replaced by Hawker Sea Furies.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
UB-401   G-15-212 May 1952 ex SR451, Air-tested in 1953. No. 1 Sqdn, Hmwabi AB 1953/54. Fate unknown.
UB-402   G-15-213 1952 ex SW799, Air-tested 1953. No. 1 Sqdn, Hmwabi AB 1953/54.
UB-403   G-15-214 June 1952 ex SR642, Air-tested March 1953. To No. 1 Sqdn, Hmwabi AB 1953/54. Fate unknown.
UB-404   G-15-215 May 1952 ex SW863, No. 1 Sqdn, Hmwabi AB 1953/54. Fate unknown.
UB-405   G-15-216 1952 ex SR471, No. 1 Sqdn, Hmwabi AB 1953/54. Fate unknown.
UB-406   G-15-217 1952 ex PR355, No. 1 Sqdn, Hmwabi AB 1953/54. Fate unknown.
UB-407   G-15-218 June 1952 ex SR534, No. 1 Sqdn, Hmwabi AB 1953/54. Fate unknown.
UB-408   G-15-219 1952 ex PR455, No. 1 Sqdn, Hmwabi AB 1953/54. Fate unknown.
UB-409   G-15-220 1952 ex PR376, No. 1 Sqdn, Hmwabi AB 1953/54. Preserved at Shante AB by 1987, at Mingaladon AB by 1995. Currently preserved at the Defence Services Museum, Yangon. Noted as such on 18 February 2005.
UB-410   G-15-221 1952 ex PR400, No. 1 Sqdn, Hmwabi AB 1953/54. Fate unknown.
UB-411   G-15-222 1952 ex PR423, No. 1 Sqdn, Hmwabi AB 1953/54. Fate unknown.
UB-412   G-15-223 1952 ex SW817, No. 1 Sqdn, Hmwabi AB 1953/54. Fate unknown.
UB-413   G-15-224 1952 ex PR453, No. 1 Sqdn, Hmwabi AB 1953/54. Fate unknown.
UB-414   G-15-225 1952 ex SR462, No. 1 Sqdn, Hmwabi AB 1953/54. Gate guardian at Hmwabi AB by 1970. To Mingaladon AB in 1995, stored. Sold to USA in 1999.
UB-415   G-15-226 1952 ex PR422, No. 1 Sqdn, Hmwabi AB 1953/54. Gate guardian at Hmwabi by 1960, at Meiktila 1995. In 1996, it was painted as `UB-414´, and has since then been used as a travelling exhibit.
UB-416   G-15-227 1952 ex PR454, No. 1 Sqdn, Hmwabi AB 1953/54. Fate unknown.
UB-417   G-15-228 1952 ex SR470, No. 1 Sqdn, Hmwabi AB 1953/54. Fate unknown.
UB-418   G-15-229 1952 ex PR407, No. 1 Sqdn, Hmwabi AB 1953/54. Fate unknown.
UB-419   G-15-230 1952 ex PR462, No. 1 Sqdn, Hmwabi AB 1953/54. Fate unknown.
UB-420   G-15-231 1952 ex SW899, Air-tested 1953. No. 1 Sqdn, Hmwabi AB 1953/54. Fate unknown.

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Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX
All of the UBAF Spitfire Mk IXs were obtained from the Israeli AF. Of the 30 that was ordered, only 29 arrived safely in Burma. Due to a high rate of attrition, the UBAF Order of Battle never counted more than 23 active Spitfire Mk IXs at the same time. By the end of the 1950s, the Spitfire Mk IX had faded from UBAF service.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity* Delivered Fate/Notes
UB-421     19 Nov 1955 ex TE5??, Preserved at Meikitila, to Mingaladon in 1995. Currently preserved at the Defence Services Museum, Yangon. Noted as such on 18 February 2005.
UB-422(1)   2008 - Belly-landed at Shaibah 4 October 1954. Impounded by Iraqi authorities in May 1956. Fate unknown, but it never reached Burma.
UB-422(2)     18 Oct 1955 W/o in landing accident, Hmwabi AB 4 November 1955.
UB-423   2009 11 Oct 1954 W/o in landing accident at Kain-Ton, 18 February 1955.
UB-424   2080 July 1955 ex PV270, MM4014 Italian AF, Gate guardian at Hmwabi AB by 1970 as 'UB-425'. To Mingaladon AB by 1994, stored. Sold to USA in 1999. Currently under restoration with private owner at Dairy Flat, New Zealand.
UB-425(1)   2028 - ex TE578, Selected for delivery, reached Nicosia on ferry-flight on 1 October 1954, but rejected after being test-flown. Returned to Israel on 4 December 1954. Preserved at Hatzor AFB, currently stored at Hatzerim for Israeli AF Museum.
UB-425(2)   2042 24 Aug 1955 Displayed at Mandalay Royal Palace with Harvard empennage as 'UB-424' by 1981. Transferred to Mingaladon AB in 1995. Sold to USA in 1999, currently under restoration at Duxford.
UB-426   2034 July 1955 Assigned to OTU at Hmawbi AB, damaged late 1955, repaired. Fate unknown.
UB-427   2039 19 Nov 1954 W/o in landing accident at Kai-Ton, 18 February 1955. Wreck handed over to nearby Infantry Regiment where the wings were used as a guard shelter.
UB-428   2041 11 Oct 1954 Damaged in crash landing at Mingaladon on 7 December 1954. W/o when further damage was incurred during salvage.
UB-429   2069 24 Aug 1955 Based at Hmawbi. Fate unknown.
UB-430   2059 1 April 1955 Fate unknown.
UB-431   2026 7 Dec 1954 W/o in landing accident at Hmawbi AB, 25 February 1955. Repaired, and used as an instructional airframe. Displayed at Aung San Park, Yangon by 1968. Badly damaged in storm 1968. Rear fuselage incorporated into a diorama at the DSM featuring Sea Fury 'UB-466'. Noted as such on 18 February 2005.
UB-432   2043 22 Feb 1955 Fate unknown
UB-433   2010 July 1955 Fate unknown
UB-434   2077 22 Feb 1955 Fate unknown
UB-435   2018 - W/o pre-delivery in fatal crash near Machane/Lod, Israel, on 22 August 1955. Not replaced.
UB-436   2050 7 Dec 1954 Fate unknown
UB-437   2074 24 Aug 1955 Fate unknown
UB-438   2023 April 1955 Fate unknown
UB-439   2048 22 Feb 1955 ex TE515, Czech AF, Fate unknown
UB-440   2070 15 March 1955 Fate unknown
UB-441   2020 22 Feb 1955 ex ML119, Czech AF, Assigned No. 1 Sqdn, w/o at Bamtang in June 1955. Mounted on plinth near gate, Mingaladon AB, in 1965. On display at Aungsan Park, Yangon 1991-1993. Transferred to Mingaladon AB in 1994 for restoration. Sold to USA in 1999, currently at Sandown, Isle of Wight, and under restoration
UB-442   20?? 18 Oct 1955 Fate unknown
UB-443   2087 7 Dec 1954 Damaged in landing accident at Hmawbi AB, 2 January 1955. W/o accepted on 31 January 1955, but repaired! Subsequently w/o in landing accident at Hmawbi AB, 28 February 1955.
UB-444   2076 15 March 1955 Fate unknown
UB-445   2090 April 1955 Fate unknown
UB-446   2052 11 Jan 1955 Fate unknown
UB-447   2085 April 1955 Fate unknown
UB-448   2079 April 1955 Fate unknown
UB-449   2013 15 March 1955 Fate unknown
UB-450   20?? 18 Oct 1955 Fate unknown
* Israeli AF serial

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Supermarine Spitfire Mk F.XVIIIe
During April 1948, three Spitfires from Air Command South East Asia (ACSEA) stocks arrived in Burma. The Spitfires were put to use in a training programme for Burmese pilots, which was supported by the British Services Mission at Mingaladon AB. The F.XVIIIes were also used operationally, being used for strafing missions against communist guerrillas in the northern part of the country. It is not known if they carried UBAF s/ns.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
    NH853 22 Apr 1948 Fate unknown
    SM943 22 Apr 1948 Fate unknown
    TP198 22 Apr 1948 Coded 'O' Damaged by ground fire, landed without flaps or brakes at Mingaladon, w/o.

References:

  • TBA


Vertol V-44A (CH-21)
Twelve delivered during, or before 1963. Although some were reportedly in service at the No. 502 Air Base in 2003, this remains uncertain. More probably, all V-44As were withdrawn from use years ago.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
6001     1963  
6002     1963  
6003     1963  
6004     1963  
6005     1963  
6006     1963  
6007     1963  
6008     1963  
6009     1963 Preserved Yangon
6010     1963  
6011     1963  
6012     1963  

References:

  • TBA



Y-8 5817 at Yangon Airport in March 1998.
(photo, Paul Davey)

Yunshuji Y-8D (An-12 Cub)
At least four of this An-12 clone has been delivered, with the first entering service in the early 1990s. Two have been reportedly lost to unknown causes since 1995.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
5815 080803   Sept 1992 F/n BKK 21 Feb 1994. L/n RGN 11 Nov 2000.
5816 080804*   Sept 1992 F/n SIN 12 Apr 1994. L/n RGN 11 Nov 2000
5817 090801     F/n SIN 15 Nov 1995. L/n RGN 11 Nov 2000.
5818 090802     F/n BKK Dec 1994. L/n RGN Nov 1999.
* or 080805

References:


Sources:

Printed books and articles;

Air-Britain News, April 2005 p 533.
Air Forces Survey - Part 10 Myanmar. In Asian Aviation June 1994.
Aloni, Shlomo and Arnold, Peter R. From Israel to Burma Operation Orez, Supplying and Ferrying Spitfires. In Air Enthusiast Issues No.78 (November/December 1998) and No.79 (January/February 1999).
Arnold, Peter R. and Ellis, Ken. Burmese Lions British Fighter Exports to Burma. In Air Enthusiast No. 71 (September/October 1997).
Arnold, Peter R. Triple Twist Tracking Down the 'Real' Spitfire UB425. In Air Enthusiast No. 79 (January/February 1999).
Carroll, Ian. World Air Forces Directory 2004/05. Mach III Plus Publications 2004.
Gordon, Yefim. MiG-19. Aerofax 2003.
Hamlin, John. The Oxford, Consul and Envoy File. Air-Britain, 2002.
Hillman, Peter et al. Russian Transports 4th edition. TAHS 2004.
Marden, Andy. World Military Out of Service. Mach III Plus Publications 2004.
Terbeck, Helmut, Meer, Harry van der and Sturtivant, Ray. Spitfire International. Air-Britain, 2002.

Internet;

Aviation-Safety.net
The Whistle Pig (FH-227)
Slingsby Type 45 Swallow production list
Slingsby Type 51 Dart production list
Letters Cite Canadian Role in Oppression in Burma
FAA REGISTRY - Aircraft Registration Inquiry
Taylor & Francis Online Journals
ACIG Article 346
ACIG Article 546
ADF-serials.com
Pilatus PC-7 Turbo Trainer
Pilatus PC-9
F27 Friendship Association
LETTER FROM THE DEMOCRATIC ALLIANCE OF BURMA
The PILATUS PORTER World
planecrashinfo.com
Slingsby Type 49 Capstan production list
Scramble
Aermacchi SF.260 Production List
Vampire in Foreign Service
thai-aviation.net

Grateful thanks are extended to the following individuals, without whose help this listing would have been considerably poorer;

Peter Arnold, Martin Best, Peter A. Danby, Steve Darke, Mike Drake, Malcolm Fillmore, John Hayles, Hans van Herk, Rob van Lijf, Aad Neeven, Robert Parmenter, Gordon Riley, Dave Ruttlesden and Hendrik van der Veen.


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