Delivery of the first two Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) T-50TH lead-in fighter trainer (LIFT) aircraft to the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF, Kongtap Agard Thai) is under way.
The aircraft, serials 40101 and 40102, departed from the factory airfield at Sacheon, South Korea, on January 8, a day later than planned, after having been held up by poor weather. The aircraft first made a technical stop at Kaohsiung International Airport in Taiwan, followed by Clark Air Base in the Philippines, before heading to Kuantan Air Base in Malaysia.
The jets were expected to arrive at Takhli Air Base in central Thailand on January 11, concluding their 4,137-mile (6,658km) ferry flight. Commander of the RTAF Marshal Jong Rung Sawang will be present to welcome the aircraft and crew.
The two T-50THs are part of an initial order for four, for which Thailand signed a contract on September 2015. Another eight examples were ordered in July 2017.
The maiden flight of the T-50TH (40101) for the RTAF took place on August 10, 2017 at Sacheon. The next two aircraft are due to be delivered by March. Once in service, they are expected to replace the L-39 Albatros with 401 Squadron.