Author Topic: c/n 1273, “7142”  (Read 1994 times)

Doug Johnson

c/n 1273, “7142”
« on: April 28, 2015, 07:04:10 AM »
2 pictures check your albums. Please do an internet search maybe you'll come up with one I couldn't find, I need all the help I can get.

Previous posts about “7142” or anything click on  Enter ?

c/n 1273, built 09/67 as U-10D s/n 66-14371 for USAF accepted 09/67, t/n “66-14371” to USAF Pacific Air Forces Command 14th SO Wing 5th SO Squadron Nha Trang AFB S/Vietnam 10/69, Thai MAP (1 of 7) Binh Thuy USAF Base at Tuy Hoa, RTAF “7142” 7th Wing, 71st Sqn, Kiri Khan RTAFB Prachuap, Thailand, pictures shows a/c in service with Thailands Border Police at Nam Phong District, Khon Kaen, '72-'75, s/n บ.ธ.๑ service period 1969-'86?, fate ?
Doors are removed in 1st photo because John Koren and Stu Pressey 56th SOW Udorn RTAFB are going to make a jump at Nam Phong District, Khon Kaen, Thailand

« Last Edit: September 07, 2020, 11:15:21 AM by Doug Johnson »

Doug Johnson

Re: c/n 1273, “7142”
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2020, 11:14:02 AM »
I found these poor quality photos at a "USAF combat cotrol team '72-'75" site, information there indicated that the Helio was being used for a parachute jump, but I couldn't tell wich Helio it was then I happened to notice the 'Thai flag' emblem on the tail and the 'Thai Roundel' on the fuselage other information indicated that the Helio was being flown by the Thai Border Patrol then looking closer I noticed what appeared to be a number on the cowling after a bunch of photshopping I was able to see that it was '7142' I looked up  that number in my list and discovered that '7142'  was pobably the Thai serial number for Helio c/n 1273 (1 of 7) U-10D Helios given to Thailand. The a/c should probably have the USAF serial number 66-14371 on the tail but the contrast is so poor you can't make it out.

Take a look at this color photo of c/n 1275 (66-14373) RTAF s/n '7143' click on;topicseen#msg4244

Anyway I'm pretty sure these are the first two photos of c/n 1273 that have been located poor quality though.
« Last Edit: September 07, 2020, 08:11:57 PM by Doug Johnson »