North Korean Aviation Adventure [EXTRA UPDATE!]

North Korean Aviation Adventure [EXTRA UPDATE!]

Postby PeterR on Tue 06 Oct 2015, 4:39 pm

Just one teaser shot from a recent trip of a lifetime to North Korea, more to come soon... :wink:


ImageKORYO KLASSIC by Peter Reoch, on Flickr



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Re: Air Koryo...

Postby boff180 on Wed 07 Oct 2015, 9:39 am

A fantastic image of such a rare beast that very few of us will ever see.
Not that I'm jealous or anything.... :clap:
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Re: Air Koryo...

Postby Wissam24 on Wed 07 Oct 2015, 9:42 am

Cool photo. Looks like a model.
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Re: Air Koryo...

Postby Ledhead27 on Wed 07 Oct 2015, 10:05 am

Was just about to say it looks like an RC model, cracking shot!
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Re: Air Koryo...

Postby POD on Fri 09 Oct 2015, 8:48 pm

Sweet :hypno:
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Re: North Korean Aviation Adventure [Update One]

Postby PeterR on Tue 20 Oct 2015, 9:55 pm

As promised, I will update this thread daily with additional images and dialogue from an aviation trip of a lifetime! :rock:


Sunday 20th September
Ilyushin Il-62M - P-885 - Air Koryo - JS3501/3502 - Pyongyang (FNJ) > Samjiyŏn (YJS) > Pyongyang (FNJ)

Our full first day in North Korea and one of the most eagerly anticipated flights, the IL-62! One 'interesting' moment of this flight was the result of every passenger on the flight rushing to the rear of the cabin for the classic engine/wing shot, which resulted in a slight weight/balance issue for the aircraft! As you can see from the teaser shot posted to start this thread, we had great photographic opportunities on the ground at Samjiyŏn Airport on arrival. Once we were satisfied with our images, we endured a bone-rattling 2 hour drive to Mount Paektu, the DPRK's tallest mountain and also an active volcano! After a trip to the 10,000ft submit and a picnic lunch we re-boarded our IL-62 and had a pleasant return flight to Pyongyang.

ImageSOLOVIEV PAIR by Peter Reoch, on Flickr

ImageSOVIET TOILET by Peter Reoch, on Flickr

ImageSAMJUYON SHUTTLE by Peter Reoch, on Flickr

ImagePAEKTU PANORAMA by Peter Reoch, on Flickr
(1600px image available to view on Flickr, original panorama was 12,000px wide!)

Image'TEN-SKI by Peter Reoch, on Flickr

ImageCLOUD-SURFER by Peter Reoch, on Flickr
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Re: North Korean Aviation Adventure [Update 1]

Postby Flare Path on Wed 21 Oct 2015, 9:24 am

Post of the year. Fantastic. :clap:
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Re: North Korean Aviation Adventure [Update 1]

Postby RAF4EVER on Wed 21 Oct 2015, 11:41 am

Do we really need a photo of the toilet :smile: :smile: :smile: :smile:
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Re: North Korean Aviation Adventure [Update 1]

Postby Wissam24 on Wed 21 Oct 2015, 12:05 pm

Not jealous at all! Not sure the out of the window shots need the big watermark though...

Even the toilet is cyan, that makes me so happy!
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Re: North Korean Aviation Adventure [Update 1]

Postby keithholden on Wed 21 Oct 2015, 4:54 pm

Not jealous. Much✈️
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Re: North Korean Aviation Adventure [Update 1]

Postby 58Hustler on Wed 21 Oct 2015, 7:35 pm

Now this is one thread i DONT mind a regular update on.
Rather than an update in order show another boring aeroplane from Norwich from a slightly different angle or to do a 'waffle waffle thank you heres some more waffle waffle' post.
This ones worth seeing......Jay.
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Re: North Korean Aviation Adventure [Update 1]

Postby Tommy on Wed 21 Oct 2015, 9:06 pm

:love: :love: :love:
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Re: North Korean Aviation Adventure [Update 2]

Postby PeterR on Thu 22 Oct 2015, 8:34 am

Monday 21st September
No Flying

Monday was the only day of the trip with no flying planned, but instead a visit to the Korean DMZ! We traveled on North Korean's largest highway (the Reunification Highway) which is built so when the country is reunified there is a direct link from Pyongyang to the south. Interestingly there are long sections of the road without central reservation which are designed to be used as temporary landing strips for combat aircraft. The road passes under the Reunification Arch (officially the "Monument to the Three-Point Charter for National Reunification") which is meant to welcome South Koreans into the capital city. The visit to the DMZ was extremely interesting, if a little heavy with anti-American propaganda! It was certainly a very interesting way to spend my 22nd birthday, on the most militarized border in the world! In the evening we visited a modern Korean 'beer bar' and sampled the local alcoholic delicases before a spot of nocturnal photography of some more monuments.

ImageKOREAN DREAM by Peter Reoch, on Flickr

ImageRUSH-HOUR by Peter Reoch, on Flickr

ImageSTANDING GUARD by Peter Reoch, on Flickr

ImageARCH OF TRIUMPH by Peter Reoch, on Flickr
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Re: North Korean Aviation Adventure [Update 3]

Postby PeterR on Thu 22 Oct 2015, 8:45 pm

Tuesday 22nd September
Ilyushin Il-18D - P-835 - Air Koryo - JS7551 - Pyongyang (FNJ) > Tongchon

Tuesday started with a trip to the top of the Juche Tower, which provided awesome photographic views over the capital. Also on the agenda for the morning was a trip to pay our respects to Korea's great leaders, President Kim Il-Sung & Kim Jong-Il, laying flowers at their huge statues which form part of the Mansu Hill Grand Monument. Then it was time for fly on the aircraft I was most excited for, the IL-18! Flying on a propliner from the 1950s was certainly a great experience with tremendous noise produced on engine start! Sadly, despite being promised extensive photographic opportunities, when we got off the aircraft at Tongchon we were greeted with the usual shouting of 'no photos' and 'get on the bus please', however thankfully that policy changed the next day!

ImagePYONGYANG SKYLINE by Peter Reoch, on Flickr

ImageTHE KIMS by Peter Reoch, on Flickr

ImageFOUR TURNIN' by Peter Reoch, on Flickr

ImageILYUSHIN LAV by Peter Reoch, on Flickr
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Re: North Korean Aviation Adventure [Update 3]

Postby Georgeconna on Fri 23 Oct 2015, 10:40 am

Nice loo shots, Hope the loo roll was not North Korean Issue and has some western comfort!! Is this an Arranged tour you are on?
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Re: North Korean Aviation Adventure [Update 4]

Postby PeterR on Fri 23 Oct 2015, 2:29 pm

Wednesday 23rd September
Ilyushin Il-18D - P-835 - Air Koryo - JS7552 - Tongchon > Pyongyang (FNJ)
Tupolev Tu-154B - P-552 - Air Koryo - JS5801 - Pyongyang (FNJ) > Sondok (DSO)
Tupolev Tu-154B - P-552 - Air Koryo - JS5802 - Sondok (DSO) > Pyongyang (FNJ)
Ilyushin Il-76MD - P-914 - Air Koryo / DPRK Air Force - JS1501 - Pyongyang (FNJ) > Pyongyang (FNJ)


Wednesday was one of the best days of the trip with a huge array of flights. Thankfully on arrival at Tongchon permission had be sort for us to photograph the beautiful IL-18 which had flown in to pick us up, including the use of airstairs. After arrival at Pyongyang it was time to board the Tu-154B, the airframe that we flew on was Air Koryo's first ever jet and is still operational. Final flight was onboard an IL-76, what an experience! But sadly no photos were permitted. Last thing of the day was standing next to (literally) the active runway to photograph the An-148 pleasure flight which I didn't opt to travel on.

Image'835 by Peter Reoch, on Flickr

ImageILYUSHIN SISTERS by Peter Reoch, on Flickr

ImageVODKA BURNER by Peter Reoch, on Flickr

ImageKOREAN TWINS by Peter Reoch, on Flickr

ImageTHE ORIGINAL by Peter Reoch, on Flickr

(More photos will be added to today's post later this evening)

@George, yes it was an organised Aviation Tour with Juche Travel Services. Highly recommended!
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Re: North Korean Aviation Adventure [Update 4]

Postby Georgeconna on Fri 23 Oct 2015, 2:50 pm

That B&W 76 and 62 is awesome. look like a smashing time to be had!
Cheers

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Re: North Korean Aviation Adventure [Update 4]

Postby PeterR on Sat 24 Oct 2015, 4:58 pm

Two photos I didn't manage to upload yesterday... :facepalm:

ImageCLASSIC COOT by Peter Reoch, on Flickr

ImageNEW KID ON THE BLOCK by Peter Reoch, on Flickr
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Re: North Korean Aviation Adventure [Update 5]

Postby PeterR on Sat 24 Oct 2015, 7:54 pm

Thursday 24th September
Antonov An-24RV - P-533 - Air Koryo - JS5601 - Pyongyang (FNJ) > Wonsan / Kalma

Thursday was another extremely busy day on the tour, and one which differed to our itinerary. First up was another trip to the edge of Pyongyang's runway, this time to photograph another optional pleasure flight which was this time on the IL-62 which I had flown on earlier in the week. Sadly as it was early morning we were shooting into the sun but being meters away from such a beast on full power was an experience! The laid back nature of the North Korean airport staff also made me chuckle, the bus which took us to the runway didn't have any radio communication with the tower and we entered the runway whilst an aircraft was on short finals, an interesting moment! Our flights for the day, on the Antonov An-24, were changed at very late notice, with us flying to a new destination for the tour; Wonsan! We were going to be the first ever passengers to fly into the new Wonsan Kalma airport, what a privilege! On arrival we were greeted by a beautiful airfield, right on the coast, with three runways, a medium sized terminal and full of brand new equipment! We were allowed an hour to explore the apron and all areas of the terminal, which has a spotting deck built in! Our accommodation for the overnight stop was a the new ski resort at Masikryong, another incredible feat of construction!

Image'SKI BLAST-OFF by Peter Reoch, on Flickr

ImageBEIJING BOUND by Peter Reoch, on Flickr

ImageQUEEN OF THE FLEET by Peter Reoch, on Flickr

ImageCOKE COCKPIT by Peter Reoch, on Flickr

ImageTAXI TO PARKING by Peter Reoch, on Flickr

ImageINAUGURAL ARRIVALS by Peter Reoch, on Flickr
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Re: North Korean Aviation Adventure [Update 5!]

Postby jonny7 on Sat 24 Oct 2015, 9:34 pm

Stunning :dizzy: and colourful work. What's more you got better access there, than any Uk airport I care to mention :sad: :smile: :worship: :up:
The poster, painted itself out the picture, and is now gone..ha,ha
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Re: North Korean Aviation Adventure [FINAL UPDATE!]

Postby PeterR on Sun 25 Oct 2015, 8:31 pm

Friday 25th September
Tupolev Tu-134B-3 - P-813 - Air Koryo - JS5602 - Wonsan / Kalma > Pyongyang (FNJ)
Mil Mi-17 'Hip'- "867" - Air Koryo / DPRK Air Force - JS9602 - Hyangsan [Off-Airport] > Pyongyang (FNJ)


Our final full day began back at Kalma, with a delayed departure due to fog at Pyongyang so we had an hour to do some more photography of the aircraft on the ramp. Our return flight was on the Tu-134, a very nice jet to fly on! Infact in the aircraft's toilet there is a window in the roof so you can look up at the tail which is rather cool! From Pyongyang we were boarded our coaches for a 3 hour drive into the mountains, to Hyangsan where we would fly back on a pair of Hip helicopters, both are which are in VIP configuration. Luckily we got to photograph the helicopters parked up in the golden light with the mountains as a beautiful backdrop.

ImageEMPTY TERMINAL by Peter Reoch, on Flickr

Image[url=https://flic.kr/p/Adw3rG]READY TO
BOARD[/url] by Peter Reoch, on Flickr

ImageMORNING GLORY by Peter Reoch, on Flickr

ImageCLOUDSURFING by Peter Reoch, on Flickr

Image'CHOPPER CONTROLS by Peter Reoch, on Flickr

ImageHIP-TASTIC by Peter Reoch, on Flickr
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Re: North Korean Aviation Adventure [FINAL UPDATE!]

Postby alisdair on Sun 25 Oct 2015, 8:51 pm

That's a superb set of photos.... excellent.... thanks for posting,

Alisdair
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Re: North Korean Aviation Adventure [FINAL UPDATE!]

Postby Tommy on Sun 25 Oct 2015, 9:29 pm

Such an awesome thread, but that final Hip shot is so cool. :win:
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Re: North Korean Aviation Adventure [FINAL UPDATE!]

Postby D90Man on Mon 26 Oct 2015, 6:42 am

I've been waiting for the final episode before commenting...quality images of quality airframes and locations by a quality photographer. :clap: :clap: :worship:

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Re: North Korean Aviation Adventure [FINAL UPDATE!]

Postby parsley on Tue 27 Oct 2015, 6:50 pm

Fantastic shots all :rock: ...Love the crew seats in the Mil..wondered where my nan's sofa went :smile:
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