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Antonov An-24 Coke * Retired *
One Antonov An-24 Coke crashed on March 8, 1974, during approach to land in Hanoi. Eighteen were killed in the crash, including the Algerian Foreign Minister, who was touring Cambodia, Laos, North Vietnam and Thailand. The An-24 was operated by Pathet Lao Airlines, of which nothing is known.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
?     1974? w/o 8 March 1974.

References:

  • TBA


Ilyushin Il-12 Coach * Retired *
Six Ilyushin Il-12 Coach medium transports were supplied to the Pathet Lao in 1960. They participated in the USSR/North Vietnam airlift of the Pathet Lao and Kong Le forces. One American pilot watched an Il-12 take off from Wattay Airport, noting that it seemed as if it was built out of stove iron. A long stretch of runway was needed to take off, even while carrying no cargo.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
?     1960  
?     1960  
?     1960  
?     1960  
?     1960  
?     1960  

References:

  • TBA


Lisunov Li-2 Cab * Retired *
Of the nine Li-2s delivered to Laos in December 1962, three went to the Pathet Lao. In general, the Li-2s were under-utilized, and quickly fell into disrepair. The technicians and instructors provided by the USSR didn't perform any training, either for the Royal Lao Air Force, Pathet Lao or Kong Le. The Russians left Vientiane and Laos after six months. The Li-2s were left at Wattay, being rarely used. Soon afterwards, the Li-2s were grounded, and left to rot. Presumably, they were scrapped sometime during the late'sixties.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
?     December 1962  
?     December 1962  
?     December 1962  

References:

  • TBA


Polikarpov Po-2 Mule * Retired *
Ten of these pre-World War II era biplanes were delivered to the Pathet Lao in 1960. Presumably, they were delivered after Kong Le's Coup d'Etat in August 1960. It is unknown if the Pathet Lao Po-2s were used operationally. It is plausible that they were delivered for use as liaison and light transport tasks. During the Korean War, the Po-2s had been used to some success as light night bombers, attacking US air bases. A similar scheme could have been envisaged by the Pathet Lao, although this is less than likely.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
?     1960  
?     1960  
?     1960  
?     1960  
?     1960  
?     1960  
?     1960  
?     1960  
?     1960  
?     1960  

References:

  • TBA


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