Royal Thai
Air Force

All text and photographic
on this site is
© Peter Lewis
1999, 2001
unless otherwise acknowledged





Cessna A-37 Dragonfly

A-37 Dragonfly

The Dragonfly is a side-by-side two seat jet light attack aircraft. It was developed from the Cessna T-37B trainer for COIN (counter insurgency) operations. The development including replacing the original engines with engines of more than twice the power and adding underwing hardpoints for carrying a wide variety of weapons. 537 of these aircraft were built. A number were bought from the USA by the RTAF, plus a few aircraft that were abandoned by the Vietnam Air Force at the end of the Vietnam war. About thirty of these aircraft served from 1972 and were out of service by 1993. Previous US serial of 71-0808

Two 2,850-lb thrust General Electric J85-GE-17A turbojets sent the A-37 along at 485mph.

Page updated 1 May 2005