Jet flies with blessed precious metals for Air Force mementos
Pilots from Air Squadron 7 of the Royal Thai Air Force brought sheets of gold, silver and copper alloy aboard the JAS 39 Gripen fighter jet on Wednesday and flew above the Gulf of Thailand east of Koh Samui in Surat Thani province.
The jet flew at Mach 1.29 speed, or 1,446 kilometres per hour at an altitude of 36,000 foot.
The sheets of precious metals had been blessed by various Buddhist monks from all over the country, and will later be melted to make statuettes of Prince Chakrabongse Bhuvanath, son of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) and the founder of Royal Aeronautical Service on March 3 at the Navaminda Kasatriyadhiraj Royal Air Force Academy in Bangkok’s Don Muang district.
The Royal Thai Air Force is planning to build statuettes of the Prince and give them to all air squadrons nationwide to remind its personnel of his work and dedication in establishing the Royal Aeronautical Service, a forerunner to the modern Royal Thai Air Force.