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Title: Myanmar Airforce
Description/subject: "The Myanmar Air Force (Tatmdaw Lei) was formed on 24 December 1947. In 1948, the order of battle for The Burmese Air Force include 40 Airspeed Oxfords, 16 de Havilland Tiger Moths, 4 Austers and 3 Supermarine Spitfires with a few hundred personnel. The Mingaladon Air Base headquarters was formed on the 16 June 1950. No.1 Squadron, Equipment Holding Unit and Air headquarters - Burma Air Force, and the Flying Training School, were placed under the base. A few months later, on 18 December 1950, No. 2 Squadron was formed with nine Dakotas as transport squadron. In 1953, the Advanced Flying Unit with De Havilland Vampire Mark T55s was formed under the Mingaladon Air Base and by the end of 1953, The Burmese Air Force has 3 Airbase headquarters (Mingaladon, Hmawbi and Meiktila). In late 1955, The Burmese Air Force formed a Maintenance Air Base in Mingaladon, No. 501 Suadrop Group (Hmawbi Airbase) and No. 502 Squadron Group (Mingaladon Air Base). Five years later, No. 503 Squadron Group was formed with No. 51 Squadron (de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otters and Cessnas) and No. 53 Squadron (Bell 47Gs/Huskys and Alouettes) in Meiktila. In 1962, The Burmese Air Force opened a radar station in Mingaladon and a mobile radar station in Lwemwe (near Tachileik). In December 1964, The Burmese Air Force had 323 officers and 5677 other ranks and it acquired T-33 Shooting Star Jet trainers and a new radar station, which could operate within a 120-mile radius was opened in Namsang. In 1966, new radar stations were opened and existing stations were upgraded. The Namsang Radar station was upgraded to cover about a 200-mile radius and renamed to No.71 Squadron. In the same year The Burmese Air Force formed No. 1 Airborne Battalion with 26 officers and 750 other rank..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Wikipedia
Format/size: html, pdf
Date of entry/update: 08 October 2007


Individual Documents

Title: Reaching for the Sky
Date of publication: August 2009
Description/subject: "The Tatmadaw lacks trained pilots and air-to-air combat experience, but its goal is to launch a modern air force Burma's military leaders want to have parity, if not air superiority, over neighboring countries, but it is still very much a dream. Regional defense analysts believe Burma has bought more than 100 jet fighters and aircraft from China since 1990. The Air Force currently has around 200 aircraft..."
Author/creator: Aung Zaw
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy" Vol. 17, No. 5
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 26 December 2009


Title: Indochina Database - Burma/Myanmar, 1948-1999
Date of publication: 13 November 2003
Description/subject: Shortly after the Burman Union became independent, on 4 January 1948 - parallel to India and Pakistan - a civil war between the communists and the conservative government broke out in the country. This conflict could not even properly develop when in August of the same year also the powerful Karen tribe revolted against the federal government, initiating another civil war that was to last for the following 50 years. Finally, only a year later also the civil war in China reached its high point, with a large number of Chinese nationalists fleeing over the border into Burma. As if all of this would not be sufficient, the Americans started to mix in the situation and the CIA started to organize both, an anti-Communist opposition in Burma and the Chinese Nationalists. With the help of the American secret service from former members of the nationalist Kuomintang Party (KMT) the National Salvation Army (NSA) was created and became active in the north of the Burmese Union. The units of the NSA were regularly supplied a fleet of un-marked C-46 transports belonging to the CIA front companies, foremost the �Civil Air Transport� (CAT) operating from Formosa and Thailand.
Author/creator: Tom Cooper
Language: English
Source/publisher: ACIG
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 11 December 2010


Title: Myanmar Air Force Aircraft Types
Description/subject: The purpose of this document is to provide information on all the aircraft that have been operated by the Union of Burma Air Force/Tamdaw Lay since its establishment in 1947/1948 until the present day. Any errors and omissions is the sole responsibility of the author.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Aeroflight
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 11 December 2010