Wonsan International Air festival, North Korea

Wonsan International Air festival, North Korea

Postby P.Terlouw on Wed 28 Sep 2016, 10:47 am

I just returned from the Wonsan International Air Festival held in North Korea at Wonsan/Kalma Airport on the eastcoast of North Korea. And what a trip it was!! Although it was mentioned the North Korean Air Force would attend, I was still sceptical about that. But to our surprise 2 MiG-29's, 3 MiG-21's , 5 Su-25's, 3 An-2, 5 MD500 and 4 Mil Mi8/17 were present and most of them flew!!! Also blessed with superb weather and all freedom in photo opportunities I came back with a memory card full of awesome shots.

Here the first "teasers" (can I call it that?)

1. My highlight: MiG-21 Bis and flown by female pilot Jo Kum Hyang
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2. MiG-29 pulling some vortex
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3. MD500 in front of the new Wonsan/Kalma Airport tower
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4. Su-25 flyby with airbrakes extended
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5. Air Koryo still flies the awesome Ilyushin Il-62
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6. MiG-21 high speed pass
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7. Antonov An-2
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8. Su-25 taxiing
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9. Ilyushin Il-76 taking off
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Re: Wonsan International Air festival, North Korea

Postby capercaillie on Wed 28 Sep 2016, 10:56 am

Dear RIAT............. :grin:

No, seriously, fabulous shots, your photos look like the photographic opportunities were far better than the videos posted so far suggest. :up: :clap:
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Re: Wonsan International Air festival, North Korea

Postby PeterR on Wed 28 Sep 2016, 11:00 am

Looks like they gave the Air Koryo fleet a fresh lick of paint for the event. Lovely shots! :drool:
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Re: Wonsan International Air festival, North Korea

Postby Maisie on Wed 28 Sep 2016, 11:10 am

I am trying to do everything to go next year. That An-2 looks rather tasty too with the lumps and bumps.

Great photos, thanks for sharing! :clap:
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Re: Wonsan International Air festival, North Korea

Postby st24 on Wed 28 Sep 2016, 11:28 am

Wow, just look at those '21s.. outstanding. Looks to have been a great trip!
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Re: Wonsan International Air festival, North Korea

Postby Skyflash on Wed 28 Sep 2016, 11:46 am

Congratulations on bagging some pretty much unbeatable rarity points! :grin:

Oh and, lovely shots too.
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Re: Wonsan International Air festival, North Korea

Postby P.Terlouw on Wed 28 Sep 2016, 1:29 pm

and a few more:

10. MiG-29 at the static line up
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11. Air Koryo Il-62 turning onto the platform with Tu-134 and Il-18 already waiting
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12. The two female fight pilots Jo Kum Hyang (right) and Rim Sol (left)
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13. Mil Mi-8 turning onto the runway
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14. Antonov An-24 taxiing after landing
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15. MiG-29 landing
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16. Su-25 pilot proudly standing in front of his airplane
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Re: Wonsan International Air festival, North Korea

Postby bigcrow on Wed 28 Sep 2016, 2:01 pm

Awesome Peter... :rock:
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Re: Wonsan International Air festival, North Korea

Postby st24 on Wed 28 Sep 2016, 2:06 pm

More loveliness. Those female Fishbed jocks look about 12?!?! :shock: :dizzy:
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Re: Wonsan International Air festival, North Korea

Postby P.Terlouw on Wed 28 Sep 2016, 2:27 pm

st24 wrote:More loveliness. Those female Fishbed jocks look about 12?!?! :shock: :dizzy:


close!! they are both 21 years old.
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Re: Wonsan International Air festival, North Korea

Postby st24 on Wed 28 Sep 2016, 2:34 pm

P.Terlouw wrote:
st24 wrote:More loveliness. Those female Fishbed jocks look about 12?!?! :shock: :dizzy:


close!! they are both 21 years old.


21 and at the controls of one of the hottest ships ever made!?! I really respect a culture that allows girls and ladies to fully integrate into all forms of society.... :smile:
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Re: Wonsan International Air festival, North Korea

Postby nellis6 on Wed 28 Sep 2016, 4:18 pm

P.Terlouw wrote:
st24 wrote:More loveliness. Those female Fishbed jocks look about 12?!?! :shock: :dizzy:


close!! they are both 21 years old.


Is the one on the left doing the vacuuming? :grin:
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Re: Wonsan International Air festival, North Korea

Postby capercaillie on Wed 28 Sep 2016, 4:22 pm

nellis6 wrote:
P.Terlouw wrote:
st24 wrote:More loveliness. Those female Fishbed jocks look about 12?!?! :shock: :dizzy:


close!! they are both 21 years old.


Is the one on the left doing the vacuuming? :grin:


All I'll say is that visual humour sucks! :whistle:
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Re: Wonsan International Air festival, North Korea

Postby P.Terlouw on Wed 28 Sep 2016, 6:54 pm

nellis6 wrote:
P.Terlouw wrote:
st24 wrote:More loveliness. Those female Fishbed jocks look about 12?!?! :shock: :dizzy:


close!! they are both 21 years old.


Is the one on the left doing the vacuuming? :grin:


If you put on your glasses you see it is a microphone, but if you want me to PS it out.......
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Re: Wonsan International Air festival, North Korea

Postby Maisie on Wed 28 Sep 2016, 7:21 pm

How many North Korean aircraft logged during the airshow?
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Re: Wonsan International Air festival, North Korea

Postby nellis6 on Wed 28 Sep 2016, 7:26 pm

P.Terlouw wrote:
nellis6 wrote:
P.Terlouw wrote:
st24 wrote:More loveliness. Those female Fishbed jocks look about 12?!?! :shock: :dizzy:


close!! they are both 21 years old.


Is the one on the left doing the vacuuming? :grin:


If you put on your glasses you see it is a microphone, but if you want me to PS it out.......


It wasn't meant as a criticism Peter and apologies if it came across that way. Your images are wonderfully sharp and the lighting looks great. :clap:
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Re: Wonsan International Air festival, North Korea

Postby SPLAT on Wed 28 Sep 2016, 8:05 pm

I can't look at photo 18 with singing YMCA or the CHiPs theme tune
I know a lot of people have whinged at over pricing etc but would love to have taken those shots myself :clap: :clap:
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Re: Wonsan International Air festival, North Korea

Postby r.e.hendriks on Thu 29 Sep 2016, 8:20 am

Speechless........... :worship:
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Re: Wonsan International Air festival, North Korea

Postby P.Terlouw on Thu 29 Sep 2016, 12:37 pm

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Re: Wonsan International Air festival, North Korea

Postby st24 on Thu 29 Sep 2016, 1:58 pm

Okay stop it now, enough already....! :up:
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Re: Wonsan International Air festival, North Korea

Postby steved on Thu 29 Sep 2016, 4:17 pm

Fantastic. Thanks for posting. :clap:
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Re: Wonsan International Air festival, North Korea

Postby Stagger2 on Fri 30 Sep 2016, 12:40 am

Microphone, you say? Phew! I figured flying a Mig must be enough fun for any girl :wink:
(Great shots from a historic event.)
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Re: Wonsan International Air festival, North Korea

Postby Talldan76 on Fri 30 Sep 2016, 8:23 am

Great shots, not sure it is a place that I'd like to visit (for various reasons) but you certainly made the most of it!

Is it me though, or do the aircraft look almost brand new - almost as if they have never flown apart from the odd occasion where they have managed to get hold of enough fuel for them...

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Re: Wonsan International Air festival, North Korea

Postby harkins on Fri 30 Sep 2016, 9:00 am

Fantastic photos. Despite the nature of the regime there and that I'd be a bit nervous to go myself, I am extremely jealous.

I do agree that they are suspiciously clean. It is almost as if they can't afford to fly them too often and save them for state occasions and the like. Having said that, North Korea (for all it's issues) is in a part of the world where pride in appearance seems a way of life.
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Re: Wonsan International Air festival, North Korea

Postby P.Terlouw on Fri 30 Sep 2016, 10:20 am

The aircraft were polished to the extreme which is no surprise considering the importance of this first ever airshow held in North Korea. A lot is riding on this so as well as the military as the Air Koryo fleet has received a nice new coat of paint. Also the flying display was done very careful with no high G's or much use of afterburners. For me something noteworthy was that all servicing texts on the military jets were in Russian.

But the opportunities we got was a very welcome surprise. Even mingling with the 15000 locals at the airshow was something I did not expect. The static show with meeting the pilots were for foreigners only as it was held near the terminal building.

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