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    Pattaya Annual Air Show

    This year’s air show at the picturesque Pattaya field opened in perfect conditions with fine weather and a gentle breeze. The opening was strongly supported by local government officials and a strong contingent of the regional motorcycling clubs which
    added another dimension to the popular annual event.

    This year there were many unusual aircraft which could be classified as experimental as well as the country’s oldest airplane Miss Siam which was piloted by the kingdom’s famous group captain Veerayuth Didyasarin. The 40 year old Bird Dog from the Vietnam war era was another attraction, especially for the older flyboys. Bangkok actor Nithi Smuthkochorn went for a spin to try his hand at the aerial flour bombing competition, while group captain and “test pilot” Samran Gasorn expertly flew just a few meters above ground level. It was a great day for acrobatic manoeuvres.


    On 10th November at 3 pm, the Pattaya Sun & Fun Fly-In 2006 event was held at Pattaya Airpark. Khun Weerayut – Vice President of the Sport Flying

    Association was chairman. Deputy Mayor Ronnakit Aegasing, famous Thai celebrities, many honorable guests and residents had fun at the colourful event where challengers competed for His Majesty the King’s Trophy.
    Many shows and activities were presented. For example, daredevil parachuting from a height of 10,000 feet. There was an attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Records on Para Motors where 200 motorized gliders were in the air at the same time. Both private and government planes were on show. There were daring stunt and sky diving performances, a demonstration of remote control planes, games, hot air balloons, and lots more.


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    Pattaya annual air show

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    The first Sun & Fun Fly-in aeronautical show took off in fine style on November 10, opened by Sakthip Krairuk, permanent under-secretary for the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, and Group Captain Veerayuth Didyasarin, president of the Foundation for Preservation and Development of Thai Aircraft.
    Sun & Fun Fly-in 2006 was competing for His Majesty the King’s Trophy, and was staged at Pattaya Airpark in Huay Yai.
    Before the opening ceremony a fleet of 200 Harley-Davidsons and other classic motorcycles set out from Pattaya City Hall and circled Pattaya before driving to the competition airfield.
    This event, staged jointly by the Aeronautic Sports Association of Thailand, the Foundation for Preservation and Development of Thai Aircraft under His Majesty the King’s patronage, and Pattaya Airpark, was held over the period November 10 to 12.
    There were several aircraft exhibitions. On display was “Miss Siam”, the first private Thai airplane, purchased on June 22, 1932, by Group Captain Luan Pongsopon with his private money and used for enhancing the relationship between Thailand and China. Group Captain Veerayuth piloted the aircraft during Sun & Fun Fly-in.
    There was also a best Thai aviator competition, an air acrobat show, an attempt to break the world record for flying the most para-motor vehicles, and large-scale jet and radio-controlled aircraft demonstrations by recognized champions.
    Lt Winai Sricharoenpol of the Royal Thai Air Force, who has over 8,600 jumps to his credit, made an attempt on the world skydiving record by jumping while carrying the world’s largest flag. A Thai national flag, it measured 105ft x 95ft and weighed 60 kg. However, Lt Winai’s main parachute did not open, so he had to use his emergency chute. He lost control and came down in a eucalyptus forest, happily escaping his ordeal uninjured.
    Lt Winai made a second attempt, and succeeded in jumping at a reduced height of 5,000ft. This time he was carrying His Majesty the King’s yellow symbolic flag, measuring 6ft x 15ft. He received tumultuous applause from the spectators around the airfield.
    The flying competition results saw Samarn Promnaree with the highest total aviation points, for which he received the King’s Trophy. The runners up in order were Surin Kiewwan (best individual performance), Kim Younmin and Woo Taeha. Air Chief Marshal Prapat Weenakhup was Her Royal Highness Princess Siribhachudhabhorn’s representative to distribute the trophies to all the winners.
    An accident happened after the trophy distribution ceremony when a para-motor vehicle came down on the soi behind the Welcome Jomtien Hotel. Trinet Pongsaen, 40, said that seven pilots with the Surin Flying Club had flown from the airfield to enjoy an aerial view of Pattaya before heading back to their hometown. There was a strong shift in the wind direction, and pilot Chatchai Noiwong, 32, lost control and came down too quickly. He sustained a broken right arm and right leg, and the aircraft suffered damage to its propeller. Officers from Sawang Boriboon Foundation provided first aid and transferred him to the hospital for further treatment.
    The Pattaya Mail

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