|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-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-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.|
|UBC.1||c. September 1949||ex HN831, G-AJNL, XY-ABK|
|UBC.2||c. September 1949||ex HM917, G-AJNU, XY-ABI|
Antonov An-12 Cub
One An-12 Cub wearing the s/n 5812 was noted at Yangon in January 2003. Confirmation is required.
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.
|?||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.|
Ayres S2R-T65 Turbo Thrush
Three Turbo Thrush delivered in 1985 and one in 1986. Funded by USA for anti-drug use.
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.
|?||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.|
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.
|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|
Beech 65 Queen Air
Some were acquired as replacements for the Beech D18S's. A few are reportedly still in service.
|UB-380||30413||Noted at Oakland-Metropolitan, CA, June 1965.|
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.
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.
one Bell 212 (UH-1H) delivered in 1977. Funded by the USA for anti-drug use.
Bristol 170 Freighter
Two were delivered in 1954. Both were withdrawn from use in 1966, and sold to an Australian operator.
|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.|
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.
Ten delivered in 1957. Remarkably, four were reportedly still in service in 2003.
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.
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.
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.
|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.|
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.
|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.|
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.
|UB-503||September 1954||Preserved Yangon, noted as such on 18 February 2005.|
The first five were delivered in 1951/52, replacing the DH 82A as a primary training aircraft.
|UB-154||C1/0407||Preserved Yangon, noted as such 18 February 2005.|
|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.|
Nine delivered between 1958 and 1961. Seven were sold to civilian operators in 1989.
|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.|
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.
|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-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-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.|
|5006||94||N1353T||October 1982||Bought from Singga, Singapore. w/o 21 June 1993|
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.
|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|
|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.|
Two-seat variant of the Chengdu F-7M. Six were delivered in 1991, with six more being ordered in November 1994.
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.
|UB466||WH613||Shot down on 15 February 1961.|
* 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.
Hawker Sea Fury T.20
Three former FAA Sea Fury T.Mk. 20s were delivered between December 1957 and May 1958.
|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.|
Hongdu/NAMC K-8 Karakorum
Twelve K-8 jet basic trainers were delivered between 1998-2000, with the last arriving in January 2000.
|3907||A photo exists.|
|3909||Noted in December 1999.|
|3910||A photo exists.|
|3911||Noted in December 1999.|
|3912||Noted in December 1999.|
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.
|UB-208||PAC/F/253, 1007||later 2208, Preserved at the Royal Palace grounds, Mingaladon.|
|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-228||PAC/F/447, 1054||later 2228, Sold to USA in 1999.|
|UB-232||PAC/F/451, 1058||later 2232, Sold to USA in 1999. Currently under restoration in New Zealand.|
|UB-237||PAC/F/456, 1065||later 2237, Noted somewhere in "central" Myanmar around 2002.|
|UB-???||PAC/F/462||Reportedly delivered to Burma.|
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.
|XY-VIP||13 January 1956||Fate unknown|
Kaman HH-43B Huskie
Twelve delivered under MAP in 1963-1964.
|UB-6166||Preserved, Yangon. Noted as such on 18 February 2005.|
Thirteen delivered between 1958 and 1960.
|UB-673||104||later UB-6073, Sold to USA 1999.|
|UB-676||107||later UB-6076, Sold to USA 1999.|
|UB-678||132||later UB-6078, Sold to USA 1999.|
|UB-680||134||later UB-6080, Sold to USA 1999.|
|UB-682||136||later UB-6082, Preserved Yangon. Noted as such on 18 February 2005.|
Lockheed 14 Hudson IV
One former RAAF Hudson IV was operated by the UBAF.
|1881||A16-30, VH-ASV||Registered on 13 April 1948 as XY-ACD. Later to UBAF. Fate unknown.|
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.
|3514||580-||Preserved, Yangon. Noted as such in November 2000.|
|3515||580-||Gateguard at Meiktila AB. Noted as such in October 2000.|
|3530||580-||later T-3530, Preserved at Yangon. Noted as such on 18 February 2005.|
|3532||580-||Preserved at Royal Palace, Mandalay. Noted as such in June 1995.|
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.
Mil Mi-2 Hoplite
At least 23 delivered in the early 1990s. Most presumably remain on the TL inventory.
|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|
|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.
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.
|66-07||95836||Mi-8MTV-1. Noted in October 2000.|
|66-08||1954||Mi-8T. Photographed during a visit to Thailand in 1997.|
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
|1503||noted Dec 2005|
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.
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.
|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|
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.
|2310(1)||139||HB-HCN||W/o pre-delivery, 12 November 1979.|
|2310(2)||244||HB-HDC||26 April 1980||Replacement aircraft.|
|2314||143||HB-HCS||26 April 1980|
|2315||144||HB-HCT||26 April 1980|
|2316||145||HB-HCU||26 April 1980|
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.
PZL Swidnik W-3 Sokol
Thirteen delivered 1990-1992. Most are presumably still in service.
|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
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.
|16-19||Observed at Yangon, December 2000.|
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).
|2001||225/21-01||1976||Wfu, sold as OO-XBP, to SLAF as s/n CT1xx.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
Slingsby T.45 Swallow
Four delivered. No further details available.
|UB-0014||1564||Preserved, Yangon. Noted as such on 18 February 2005.|
Slingsby T.49 Capstan
|UB-0006||1534||Preserved, Yangon. Noted as such on 18 February 2005.|
Slingsby T.51 Dart
Three delivered. No further details available.
|UB-0001||1528||Preserved, Yangon. Noted as such on 18 February 2005.|
Sud Aviation 316B Alouette III
Delivered in the early 1960s. Eight or nine reportedly still in service in 2003.
|6108||1180||1964||Preserved Yangon. Noted as such on 18 February 2005.|
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.
|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.|
|3708||Observed October 2000.|
|3712||Observed October 2000.|
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.
|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.|
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.
|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|
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.
|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.|
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.
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.
|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.|
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.
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
Pilatus PC-7 Turbo Trainer
F27 Friendship Association
LETTER FROM THE DEMOCRATIC ALLIANCE OF BURMA
The PILATUS PORTER World
Slingsby Type 49 Capstan production list
Aermacchi SF.260 Production List
Vampire in Foreign Service
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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