|RDPL-34025||1977||impounded Udorn July 1984, to N30WJ July 1989|
|RDPL-34034||1977||An-2M, wfu by 1982|
|RDPL-34064||1977||last noted July 1997|
|RDPL-34122||1977||last noted July 1997|
|RDPL-34123||1977||noted Feb 2002|
|RDPL-34124||1977||noted Feb 2002|
|074||Preserved Vientiane Armee Museum, noted Feb 2006|
Antonov An-24RV Coke * Retired *
Four delivered in 1977. From 1979, the use of the An-24RVs was shared with the civil airline Lao Aviation. Two more were delivered later, presumably during the early 'eighties. All have been withdrawn from use.
|RDPL-34005||67310609||1977||Lao Aviation, wfu Dec 2001, to RDPL-34143?|
|RDPL-34006||67310610||1977||Lao Aviation, wfu by Dec 2001|
|RDPL-34007||67310701||1977||wfu by Feb 2002|
|RDPL-34008||67310702||1977||w/o 22 April 1991|
|RDPL-34009||67310703||198?||last noted 1979|
|RDPL-34010||67310708||198?||Lao Aviation, last noted Dec 2001|
|RDPL-34143||67310609?||1977?||ex RDPL-34005? noted Jan 2004|
|RDPL-34147||57310109||XU-375||2004||noted Jan 2005, sold May 2005 to UR-ELW|
Antonov An-26 Curl * Retired *
A total of six An-26s were delivered to the LPLAAF in 1978. One, RDPL-34037, was lost on September 1, 1979 when it force landed at a Royal Thai Army airfield in Utharadit province, Thailand. All have been withdrawn from use. One is reported to have carried the registration XW-TCE.
|RDPL-34026?||5010||1978||last noted June 1997|
|RDPL-34036||5010 (sic)||1978||stored by Feb 2002|
|RDPL-34037||1978||damaged 1 Sept 1979, repaired, w/o 31 Jan 1980|
|RDPL-34039||02504||1978||stored by Feb 2002|
|RDPL-34114||1978||wfu by Feb 2002|
Antonov An-32 Cline * Retired *
One An-32 was delivered to Laos in the 1990s. It is likely to have been used extensively by the LPLAAF. Withdrawn from use in the late 1990s.
|RDPL-34049||2302||1990s?||last noted Apr 1998|
Antonov An-74TK Coaler * Current *
One, RDPL-34018, delivered in 1998. Noted at Wattay in April that year. Currently operated by the LPLAAF as a VIP transport. An additional aircraft was obtained in 2006.
|RDPL-34018||1998||An-74TK-100, Lao Aviation, last noted Dec 2001|
|RDPL-34???||36547098982||2006||An-74TK-300, Lao Aviation|
Cessna O-1F Bird Dog * Retired *
Some of the O-1F Bird Dogs supplied to the Royal Lao AF were used by the LPLAAF. Some saw service during the Pho Bia Massif operations in 1976-1977.
Cessna T-41B Mescalero * Retired *
Of the ten T-41s delivered to the Royal Lao AF, some were captured and used post war by the LPLAAF. One was flown to Thailand and not returned. One of these, the former US Army T-41B s/n 67-15163 is currently preserved in very poor condition at the Lao PDR Army Museum.
|67-15163||R1720164||1969||preserved Lao PDR Army Museum, Vientiane 2003|
Curtiss C-46 Commando * Retired *
One C-46D, c/n 22232, remained in use by Royal Air Lao in 1975. It was registered as XW-PBV, becoming RDPL-34040(1). Presumably, it could have been used by the LPLAAF on cargo trooping flights. The C-46 was one of several aircraft destroyed or damaged on March 24, 1976 during a storm at Wattay. It is possible that the C-46 was only damaged, as the USCAR registration N9265Y was reserved on September 4, 1981 for an owner at Glendale, CA.
|RDPL-34040||22232||XW-PBV||1975||ex 44-78409, damaged 24 Mar 1976, to N9265Y in Sept 1981|
Douglas C-47 Skytrain * Retired *
Several C-47s were taken over from the Royal Lao AF and used by the LPLAAF. One was flown to Thailand and not returned. By 1977 the An-24 was replacing the C-47, although at least 7 aircraft are reported to have survived into the early 1990s.
|117||17120/34387||late 1969||AC-47D, 45-1117, ex-USAF 51117|
|501||15317/26762||5 Dec 1960||43-49501, ex-USAF|
|565||25826 or 26826||1960|
|976||13608||11 Jul 1964||42-108976, ex-USAF|
|991||16994/34256||10 Aug 1956||45-991, ex AdlA, to Singapore AF?|
|998||9998||28 Aug 1971||42-24136, RAAF A65-16, VH-AFF, donated by Aust Govt|
|24178||10040||10 Sept 1963||42-24178, ex-USAF, noted 1988|
|30678||13829||7 Sept 1963||43-30678, ex-USAF|
|O-43263||14079/25524||?||AC-47D, 43-48263, 348263, ex-SVNAF, '43-263'|
|51121||17124/34391||45-1121||5 Jan 1970||AC-47D, ex-USAF|
|76510||16094/32842||?||44-76510, ex-Cambodian AF, noted Aug 1970|
|76644||16228/32976||44-76644||11 Oct 1962||ex-USAF|
|348704||14520/25965||Dec 1970||43-48704, ex SVNAF|
|348909||14725/26170||Sept 1969||AC-47D, 43-48909, ex-SVNAF|
|349129||14945/26390||10 Aug 1956||43-49129, ex-AdlA|
|349685||15501/26946||10 Aug 1956||43-49685, ex-AdlA|
Douglas DC-4 * Retired *
One DC-4 of Royal Air Lao was used briefly by the LPLAAF. Three of the Royal Air Lao DC-4s were destroyed at Wattay on March 24, 1976. One C-54 is reported to have carried the registration RDPL-34003.
|XW-PND||7460||42-107441||1969||C-54A-1-DO, w/o 24 March 1976|
|XW-PNF||10393||42-72288||1969||C-54A-15-DC, w/o 24 March 1976|
|RDPL-34003||10420||42-72315||1969||C-54D, damaged 24 March 1976, to N9272F Sept 1981|
Fairchild C-123K Provider * Retired *
Of the ten C-123Ks delivered to the Royal Lao AF in 1973, possibly as many as nine could have entered service with the LPLAAF. One RLAF C-123K was transferred to the RTAF in 1974.
|RDPL-34084||noted Mar 1979|
|545||20206||55-4545||ex Air America, noted Wattay AB 1973|
Harbin Y-12-II * Current *
Possibly used exclusively by Lao Aviation. Seven Y-12-II's were delivered.
|RDPL-34115||0033||14 Mar 1990||Lao Aviation, noted as stored at Vientiane/Wattay, 30 Jun 1997 & 10 Mar 2000, noted Dec 2001|
|RDPL-34116||0034||28 Apr 1990||Lao Aviation, noted as stored at Vientiane/Wattay, 30 Jun 1997 & 10 Mar 2000, noted Jan 2004|
|RDPL-34117||0042||Jan 1991||Lao Aviation, w/o 14 Dec 1993 near Phonsavan|
|RDPL-34118||0043||Jan 1991||Lao Aviation, w/o 14 Feb 2002 near Xam Neua|
|RDPL-34129||0085||Nov 1994||Lao Aviation, noted as stored at Vientiane/Wattay, 29 Jun 1997, noted Dec 2001|
|RDPL-34130||0086||Nov 1994||Lao Aviation, w/o 20 Oct 2000 at Xam Neua, stored Vientiane Jan 2004|
|RDPL-34131||0087||Dec 1994||Lao Aviation, noted Jan 2004|
Ilyushin Il-103 * Current *
Twenty-one Il-103 reportedly ordered in 2002, but only three delivered in July 2004. No reports of subsequent deliveries. Currently operated by the LPLAAF for liaison/light transport.
|04 01||7 July 2004|
|04 02||7 July 2004|
|04 03||7 July 2004|
Kamov Ka-32T Helix * Current *
Two (not six!) Ka-32T Helix-C obtained from the Russian airline Belukha in 1996-97. One crashed in Thailand on June 9, 1998. Used in the utility transport role.
The helicopters were RA-31103 (c/n 8908) and RA-31104 (c/n 8909). Tie-ups with the RDPL registrations are not known.
|RDPL-34077||1997||noted Feb 2002|
MiG-15UTI * Retired *
At least one MiG-15UTI advanced trainer was delivered in 1977.
MiG-17F Fresco C * Retired *
A few MiG-17F Fresco Cs are said to have been delivered to the LPLAAF.
MiG-21F-13 Fishbed * Retired *
Ten MiG-21s were delivered from the USSR in 1977. Most, if not all, were probably of the MiG-21F-13 variant. Most probably, the MiG-21F-13s were used as lead-in trainers for the more advanced PFM and bis versions. The complete chapter of the MiG-21 in LPLAAF remains to be written. No exact record of how many were delivered, and which versions, but between 40 and 50 MiG-21s of all versions are believed to have been supplied to to the LPLAAF. From 1977 until the early 1990s, the LPLAAF fleet of MiGs remained a viable air defence fighter, being equipped with AA-2 Atoll air-to-air missiles. After the break-up of the USSR in 1991, Laos has received no military assistance either from Russia or Vietnam. In the mid 'nineties, the Indian aerospace company Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, HAL, was awarded a contract to overhaul 29 MiG-21s. The contract was cancelled due to the poor state of the airframes. As a result, the operational capability of the LPLAAF in general, and the MiG-21s in particular, has suffered through a lack of maintenance and training. Most, if not all of the about 20 MiG-21s remaining had been grounded by 2003. 17 MiG-21s were stored at Xieng Khouang in January 2006.
MiG-21PFM Fishbed * Retired *
15-20 examples were delivered in the 1980s. The PFM was the last of the first-generation MiG-21 family, featuring a 2-piece canopy with a fixed windscreen. Withdrawn circa 1998 and stored at Xieng Khouang.
|03||1980s||noted wfu Xieng Khouang Jan 2006|
|04||1980s||noted wfu Xieng Khouang Jan 2006|
|05||1980s||noted wfu Xieng Khouang Jan 2006|
|728?||1980s||noted wfu Xieng Khouang Jan 2006|
|729||1980s||noted wfu Xieng Khouang Jan 2006|
MiG-21bis Fishbed * Retired *
Also reported as MiG-21MFs. The MF introduced the rear view mirror on the top of the canopy. The 'third generation' MiG-21bis features a fat fuselage spine containing additional fuel. Withdrawn circa 1998 and stored at Xieng Khouang.
|17||1980s||noted wfu Xieng Khouang Jan 2006|
|21||1980s||noted wfu Vientiane Feb 2002|
MiG-21UM Mongol * Retired *
Depending on the source, between two and six MiG-21UM Mongol two-seat trainers were delivered to the LPLAAF. Withdrawn circa 1998 and two aircraft stored at Xieng Khouang by January 2006.
Mil Mi-6A Hook * Retired *
The two Mi-6A Hooks known to have been in service with the LPLAAF, were possibly former VPAF helicopters. They were registered as RDPL-34111 and -34112 respectively. The former was noted as stored(?) at Wattay in April 1998.
|RDPL-34111||1985||wfu by Feb 2002|
|RDPL-34112||1985||noted Dec 2001|
Mil Mi-8 Hip * Current *
Four Mi-8s were delivered in 1977. The Mi-8 is the main operational helicopter of the LPLAAF, with nine being reported in use in 1997. In total, over 15 Mi-8s have been delivered to Laos. One LPLAAF helicopter, apparently a Mi-8, was shot down in April 1985. Deliveries may comprise 14+ Mi-8T/Mi-8P and 9+ Mi-8MT - all civil registered - for operation by LPLAAF/Lao Aviation. Used in the utility transport role.
|RDPL-34032||1977||Mi-8T, last noted Jan 2001|
|RDPL-34040||9823510||1977||Lao Aviation, w/o 25 June 2000, seen wfu Dec 2001|
|RDPL-34042||1980s||Mi-8T, wfu by Feb 2002|
|RDPL-34043||1980s||Preserved Vientiane Feb 2006|
|RDPL-34044||9823506||1980s||Mi-8T, wfu by Feb 2002|
|RDPL-34046||1980s||Mi-8, impounded Thailand May 1982|
|RDPL-34050||1980s||Mi-8P, noted Feb 2002|
|RDPL-34052||5769||1980s||wfu by Dec 2001|
|RDPL-34058||1980s||wfu by Feb 2002|
|RDPL-34059||1980s||wfu by Feb 2002|
|RDPL-34060||1980s||w/o 25 June 2000|
|RDPL-34062||1980s||last noted Apr 1998|
|RDPL-34063||1980s||Mi-8MTV, last noted Feb 2002|
|RDPL-34065||1980s||last noted Nov 2001|
|RDPL-34066||1980s||Mi-8MTV, wfu by Feb 2002|
|RDPL-34068||1980s||wfu by Feb 2002|
|RDPL-34072||1980s||Mi-8MTV, noted Feb 2002|
|RDPL-34075||1980s||Mi-8MTV, noted Dec 2001|
|RDPL-34076||1980s||Mi-8MTV, noted Dec 2001|
|RDPL-34078||1980s||Mi-8MTV, noted Nov 2001|
|22804||Mi-8, noted Feb 2002|
|22839||Mi-8, noted Feb 2002|
Mil Mi-17V1 * Current *
Twelve ordered in 1997, only four delivered in March 1999. The remaining eight were cancelled due to funding problems, although there are indications that more Mi-17s were subsequently supplied to Laos. Used in the utility transport role.
|RDPL-34055||1999||noted Feb 2002|
|RDPL-34056||1999||wfu Dec 2001|
|RDPL-34074||1999||noted Feb 2002|
|RDPL-34139||95946||1999||noted Jan 2004|
|RDPL-34140||95948||1999||noted Jan 2004|
Mil Mi-26T Halo * Current *
One delivered, most probably during the mid-'nineties.
|RDPL-34069||1990s||last noted Feb 2002|
North American T-28D Trojan * Retired *
The T-28D had been the main combat aircraft of the Royal Lao AF, with over 150 being delivered from 1964 until 1973. By the Pathet Lao take over in 1975, 29 T-28s remained in service. Until the delivery of the first MiG-17F and MiG-21s in 1977, the T-28s constituted the sole type of combat aircraft available to the LPLAAF. They were used operationally at the Pho Bia Massif during 1976-1977. Two were flown to Thailand and not returned. By the mid 'eighties, all had been phased out. Sixteen T-28s were stored at Phonsavan AB, and sold to Australia in 1989.
|3401||51-7576||1964||to VH-ZUC Nov 1994|
|3402||51-7509||1964||sold in Australia 1989|
|3403||51-7521||1964||to VH-DUK Aug 1993|
|3405||51-3588||1964||to VH-PFM July 1993|
|3406||51-3700||1964||to VH-EFU Oct 2002|
|3407||49-1496||1964||to N2496 c.1990|
|3408||49-1519||1964||to VH-AVC May 1991|
|3409||1964||sold in Australia Sept 2000|
|3410||49-1584||1964||to VH-CIA 1993|
|3411||137773||1964||to N128TB 1993|
|3412||137799||1964||to N28YF 1993|
|3416||138232||1964||to VH-DPT Jan 1993|
|34??||138320||1964||to VH-LAO March 1992|
|34??||49-1724||1964||to VH-MEO May 1992|
|34??||51-7493||1964||sold in Australia 1989|
|34??||137713||1964||sold in Australia Sept 2000|
Sikorsky UH-34D * Retired *
Forty-two UH-34Ds were delivered to the Royal Lao AF. Due to operational losses and transfers to the Philippines AF and the RTAF, less than 20 remained by 1975. The survivors were taken over by the LPLAAF, and served until the early 'eighties. Four were flown to Thailand, two in 1975 and two in 1976, none were returned.
63-8248 to 63-8259 and 63-13006 to 63-13014 are also thought to have served in Laos before going to Thailand. Similarly, 63-13139 to 63-13140 are thought to have served in Laos before going to the Philippines.
|8803||58-1388||148803||1964||w/o 26 Oct 1970|
|H-70||1964||w/o unknown date|
Sikorsky S-58T * Retired *
Three S-58Ts were in LPLAAF or Lao Aviation service during the early 'eighties. The provenance of these helicopters is unknown. It has been suggested that they were delivered to Laos after 1975, with the airframes being former French military H-34s. It is also possible that they were converted to turbine power in Laos, using former RLAF airframes.
Vickers 768D Viscount * Retired *
One, c/n 294, was operated by Royal Air Lao. It is believed to have been used on an "as needed" basis for VIP transport duties by the LPLAAF. Originally built in 1958, it was delivered to India as VT-DJA. Later, it was sold to Royal Air Lao as XW-TFW. After the Communist take-over, it was registered as RDPL-34016. The Viscount was sold in 1977 as XU-LAM.
|RDPL-34016||294||XW-TFW||1975||to XU-LAM in Sept 1977, to N92622 Sept 1981|
Xi'an Y-7-100C * Current *
Five of these twin-engined medium transports were delivered in 1994. The Y-7-100C is a Chinese built version of the venerable Antonov An-24 Coke.
|RDPL-34015||12703||1994||last noted Jan 2006|
|RDPL-34016||12704||1994||last noted Jan 2004|
|RDPL-34019||12707||1994||last noted Apr 1994|
|RDPL-34119||10707 (sic)||1994||noted Jan 2004|
|RDPL-34127||12706||1994||Lao Aviation, noted Jan 2004|
|RDPL-34128||12701||1994||Lao Aviation, noted Jan 2004|
Yakovlev Yak-40 Codling * Current *
Two delivered in 1978. Registered as RDPL-34001 and -34002 respectively. RDPL-34001 crashed on May 25, 1998, while on a flight from Vientiane/Wattay to Phonsavan. (The crash date is also reported as 28 May 1998, with the aircraft carrying the registration ZPX-01). Twenty-six killed, including members of a Vietnamese military delegation. It is reported that these aircraft were initially serialled 974 and 976.
|RDPL-34001||9431835||1978||w/o 25 May 1998|
|RDPL-34002||9840559||1978||last seen Jan 2004|
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