Laotian Air Force Aircraft Types Not Used
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This page gives details of some of the aircraft types that were offered or promised to the various air arms of Laos but not delivered, cancelled official orders, and types have been falsely reported as being in service.

Aviation Laotienne, AL, January 28, 1955 to August 1960:

North American T-28 Trojan

It was planned to deliver six T-28 basic trainers/light attack aircraft to the AL in 1959. These were not delivered, due to a wish from the US Embassy not to escalate and provoke PL and or the NVA.


Royal Lao Air Force, RLAF August 1960-1975:

Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar
A few were reported to have served with RLAF.

Douglas A-1E Skyraider
During 1966, it was suggested to replace the T-28 Trojans with A-1E Skyraiders. However, these plans were dropped due to "financial considerations". But, as the US-led "Waterpump" programme was fully occupied with the training of RLAF T-28 pilots and maintenance personnel, it was considered not to be worthwhile. The delivery of A-1Es to the RLAF would have meant that another, big, training programme such as Waterpump would have had to be implemented.

Douglas B-26K Counter Invader
A few B-26K COIN aircraft were, according to some sources, delivered to the RLAF. However, no B-26K Invaders were ever delivered to the RLAF. It is possible that the reported B-26Ks were, in fact, USAF aircraft. Between 1966 and 1969, USAF B-26K Invaders operated over Laos from Nakhon Phanom RTAFB in Thailand.

Lockheed RT-33A T'Bird
Between April and September 1961, USAF RT-33A T'Birds flew photo reconnaissance missions over Laos. The RT-33As wore RLAF markings, but were never operated by the RLAF as such.

North American F-86F Sabre
Four F-86Fs were planned as the first jet fighters of the RLAF. None delivered, as the Geneva Accord forbade any offensive aircraft being supplied to the RLAF.


Lao People's Liberation Army Air Force, LPLAAF, 1975 until the present day:

Bell UH-1H
Four UH-1H helicopters were reported as still in use in 2006!

Cessna U-17 Skywagon
All U-17s serving with the RLAF had been lost by 1975.

Eurocopter SA 360 Dauphin
Three reported as delivered in 2000. Not confirmed, no sightings reported. Also reported in 2006 as a pair of Harbin Z-9 Chinese-built versions.

Harbin Y-12-II
Seven delivered to National air carrier Lao Aviation. Possibly used exclusively by Lao Aviation.

Helio Au-24A Stallion
A few were reported to be in service in 1982.

Mil Mi-24 Hind A
About ten were reported as delivered in 1985. Possibly mistaken for VPAF Mi-24 Hind A helicopters operating in Laos.

Yakovlev Yak-18A Max
Eight reported as delivered for primary flight training


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