The United States Air Force (USAF) began withdrawing from another air base in Thailand on Friday (12 July).
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Background: The United States Air Force (USAF) began withdrawing from another air base in Thailand on Friday (12 July).
All 36 F-III's of the USAF's 347th. Tactical Fighter Wing at Takhli Air Base are to withdraw by end of this month. The first twelve of the aircraft flew out on Friday, followed by another twelve today. The last twelve will leave tomorrow.
Initially, the F-III's -- which arrived in Thailand in September 1972 -- will be re-based at Korat Air Base. From there they are expected to return to the United States.
USAF activities at Takhli, located about 130 miles (250 kms) north-northwest of Bangkok, will completely close down by 1 October. Until then, a small number of U.S. personnel will remain behind to perform administrative duties concerned with the base's closure.
SYNOPSIS: The United States Air Force has begun withdrawing from Thailand's Takhil Air Base.
A simple ceremony on Friday marked the first phase of a three-stage withdrawal of thirty-six, F-One-Eleven aircraft. The U.S. commander at Takhil, Colonel Cecil D, Crabb Jnr. was presented with a plaque.
The F-One-Elevens deployed in Thailand in September in nineteen-seventy-two, initially will be re-based at Korat, another Thai base. From there they are expected to return to the United States. F-One-Elevens based at Takhil, about one hundred and thirty miles north-northwest of Bangkok, flew air strikes over North Vietnam and later against enemy targets in Cambodia and Laos. The aircraft, from the 347th. Tactical Fighter Wing, flew more than four thousand combat sorties. After the bombing halt of August the fifteenth nineteen seventy-three, they maintained mission readiness with daily training flights.
With Friday's withdrawal of the first twelve F-One-Elevens, the U.S. operations at Takhil moved a step closer to a total shutdown by October. The other twenty-four American aircraft were scheduled to leave on Saturday and Sunday.