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No. 79 Squadron
In 1962 as a response to a threat to Thailand from across the Laotian border four member Nations of SEATO, the United States, Britain, New Zealand and Australia sent armed units to create a holding force to Thailand. These units were intended to withstand any initial attack until full scale reinforcements could be sent.
The airfield had very little in the way
of facilities except a runway and control tower, some Thai Air Force T-28s
operated from there and the
The Sabres flew in on
The base support personnel were posted
from units in
The Wing consisted of No.'s 3 and 77 Fighter Squadrons and No. 478 Maintenance Squadron.
Attachments for ground crew were normally of eight weeks duration and they traveled from Butterworth on the fortnightly Hercules supply flight that staged through Butterworth.
The Squadron’s primary role was the air defense of the area and to achieve this two Sabres armed with 30mm HE ammunition and AIM-9B Sidewinders were on the ORP during daylight hours with a two minute alert time.
As the war in
To maintain a constant state of readiness the two ORP aircraft were usually scrambled at least once per day and guided to intercept homecoming Phantoms by ground radar, quite a few newby F4 pilots got a big fright when they thought they had been bounced by a MiG.
During the six years the squadron was at Ubon its personnel participated in many civil aid programs designed to help the local Thai community and were very popular with them.The unit was disbanded in August 1968 with the base support staff returning to
Aircraft: CA-27 Avon Sabres
Note: Article by Rod Farquhar (Australian Vietnam Veteran)
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