RTAF welcomes its first five female pilots in 79 years’ history


The Royal Thai Air Force have welcomed five ladies who have passed the grueling tests to become the first female pilots in 79 years’ history of the RTAF.

Personally extending his well wishes to the new pilots was Air Chief Marshal Tritos Sonjaeng, the air force commander-in-chief.


The five are Flying Officer Kanchanok Chanyarak, former language teacher attached to the Air Force’s Education Department; Flying Officer Peerasri Chaipaisarn, former financial and welfare officer; Flying Pilot Chanakarn Sornjarn, a former officer attached to the education section of the Air Force Academy; Ms Sirithorn Lawansathien, an aviation graduate from Rangsit University and Bangkok Aviation Centre; and Ms Chonnisa Supawannapong, a humanities graduate Kasetsart University.

ACM Tritos said that the admission of the first five female pilots marked an important change in the RTAF. This means that women are now as capable as men in military service and they should be proud of being part of the RTAF aviators.