09 April 2011
Sikorsky S-92 helicopter (photo : RTAF)
3 New Helicopters for Royal Family
The air force will commission three new S-92A helicopters for use by Their Majesties the King and Queen and other members of the royal family, air force spokesman Monthon Satchukorn said on Friday.
Air Marshal Monthon said the air force has bought the three S-92A helicopters from Sikorsky International Operation of the United States.
Two of the craft will be put into service for use by members of the royal family when performing their duties.
S-92 cockpit (photo : Airliners)
The other will be used for medical services. It will be fully equipped for emergency medical treatment.
Air force chief ACM Ithaporn Suphawong will accept the two helicopters in a hand-over ceremony at Squadron 601 of Wing 6 at the Don Muang air force base on Monday, April 11.
The two helicopters will be attached to Squadron 201 of Wing 2 in Lop Buri. After that they will be assigned for training and operating flights at Squadron 509 in Prachuap Khiri Khan province.
The 12-seat S-92A helicopter is of high safety standard. It is in use for VIPs and leaders in many countries including Malaysia, Brunei, Australia and South Korea. The helicopter has the capacity to fly non-stop for up to 2.5 hours at a speed of 151 knots, or about 280km per hour, with a range of 970km, the spokesman said.