DPRK Dreams - The World's Most Unlikely Air Show

DPRK Dreams - The World's Most Unlikely Air Show

Postby Wissam24 on Wed 21 Dec 2016, 4:08 pm

Having written the piece for UKAR for the show itself, I thought I'd wait til the off season to post my collection. Far from all of them (it was very good for photography in the end in spite of the somewhat irritating haze, and with such a target-rich environment there was a lot to photograph), so feel free to check out the full album on my Flickr. For me it was the first time seeing MiG-21s and Su-25s fly (not to mention almost all of the airliners) and for them to be a the planet's rarest military aircraft was nothing short of unbelievable - and in fact, I still don't believe it to this day that it truly happened. Sadly present circumstances will probably preclude me committing to next year's edition, but who knows, with a bit of luck...and for those who weren't sure about taking the plunge this year, it's worth the trip next year. I experimented with a few angled shots, a bit hit and miss perhaps but I'm pleased with some of them.

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ImageAir Koryo Tu-154 Careless by Sam Wise, on Flickr

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ImageAir Koryo Airliner Tails by Sam Wise, on Flickr

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ImageAir Koryo Tu-154 Careless by Sam Wise, on Flickr

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ImageAir Koryo Tu-134 Crusty by Sam Wise, on Flickr

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ImageAir Koryo Tu-134 Crusty by Sam Wise, on Flickr

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ImageAir Koryo Il-18 Coot by Sam Wise, on Flickr

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ImageAir Koryo Tu-154 Careless Crew Conversations by Sam Wise, on Flickr

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ImageStatues of the leaders Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il, with dedication flowers by Sam Wise, on Flickr

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Image"Air Koryo" Mi-17 Hip by Sam Wise, on Flickr

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ImageAir Koryo Il-18 Coot by Sam Wise, on Flickr

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ImageCrowds and attendees at Wonsan Air Festival by Sam Wise, on Flickr

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ImageCrowds and attendees at Wonsan Air Festival by Sam Wise, on Flickr

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ImageKorean Peoples Army Air Force MD500 by Sam Wise, on Flickr

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ImageAir Koryo Il-18 Coot by Sam Wise, on Flickr

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ImageKorean Peoples Army Air Force MiG-29 Fulcrum by Sam Wise, on Flickr

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ImageKorean Peoples Army Air Force MiG-29 Fulcrum by Sam Wise, on Flickr

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ImageKorean Peoples Army Air Force MiG-29 Fulcrum by Sam Wise, on Flickr

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ImageKorean Peoples Army Air Force MiG-29 Fulcrum by Sam Wise, on Flickr

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ImageAir Koryo Tu-134 Crusty by Sam Wise, on Flickr

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ImageAir Koryo Tu-134 Crusty by Sam Wise, on Flickr

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ImageKorean Peoples Army Air Force Su-25 Frogfoot by Sam Wise, on Flickr

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ImageKorean Peoples Army Air Force Su-25 Frogfoot by Sam Wise, on Flickr

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ImageKorean Peoples Army Air Force Su-25 Frogfoot by Sam Wise, on Flickr

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ImageAir Koryo Tu-154 Careless by Sam Wise, on Flickr

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ImageKorean Peoples Army Air Force Su-25 Frogfoot by Sam Wise, on Flickr

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ImageKorean Peoples Army Air Force Su-25 Frogfoot by Sam Wise, on Flickr

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ImageAir Koryo Tu-154 Careless by Sam Wise, on Flickr

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ImageAir Koryo Il-62 Classic by Sam Wise, on Flickr

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ImageAir Koryo Il-62 Classic by Sam Wise, on Flickr

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ImageAir Koryo Il-62 Classic by Sam Wise, on Flickr

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Image"Air Koryo" Il-76 Candid by Sam Wise, on Flickr

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ImageKorean Peoples Army Air Force Su-25 Frogfoot by Sam Wise, on Flickr

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Image"Air Koryo" Il-76 Candid by Sam Wise, on Flickr

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ImageKorean Peoples Army Air Force Su-25 Frogfoot by Sam Wise, on Flickr

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ImageKorean Peoples Army Air Force MiG-21bis Fishbed by Sam Wise, on Flickr

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ImageKorean Peoples Army Air Force MiG-21bis Fishbeds by Sam Wise, on Flickr

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ImageKorean Peoples Army Air Force MiG-21bis Fishbed by Sam Wise, on Flickr

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Image"Air Koryo" Il-76 Candid by Sam Wise, on Flickr

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ImageKorean Peoples Army Air Force Mi-8T Hip by Sam Wise, on Flickr

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ImageNorth Korean parachutist by Sam Wise, on Flickr

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ImageKorean Peoples Army Air Force MiG-21bis Fishbed by Sam Wise, on Flickr

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ImageKorean Peoples Army Air Force Y-5 (An-2) Colt with MD500s by Sam Wise, on Flickr

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ImageKorean Peoples Army Air Force Mi-8T Hip by Sam Wise, on Flickr

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ImageKorean Peoples Army Air Force Y-5 (An-2) Colt by Sam Wise, on Flickr

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ImageAir Koryo Il-62 Classic by Sam Wise, on Flickr

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ImageKorean Peoples Army Air Force MiG-21bis Fishbed by Sam Wise, on Flickr

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ImageKorean Peoples Army Air Force Fighters by Sam Wise, on Flickr

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ImageKorean Peoples Army Air Force MiG-29 Fulcrum by Sam Wise, on Flickr
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Re: DPRK Dreams - The World's Most Unlikely Air Show

Postby steved on Wed 21 Dec 2016, 5:54 pm

Fantastic post of some really clean and immaculate looking aircraft. Thanks for posting. :clap:
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Re: DPRK Dreams - The World's Most Unlikely Air Show

Postby BigClick67 on Wed 21 Dec 2016, 6:03 pm

What a great set of pics :drool: watching all this Russian made hardware really reminds me of the early 90's when loads of former Ex-Warsaw Pact aircraft were crowding the airshow scene. My favourite is no.37 :clap:
thanks for sharing these, Sam :win:
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Re: DPRK Dreams - The World's Most Unlikely Air Show

Postby farnboroughrob on Wed 21 Dec 2016, 6:59 pm

Lovely photos, surprised to see a PAC 750 in the background. I am assuming no foreign airlines serve Pyongyang?
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Re: DPRK Dreams - The World's Most Unlikely Air Show

Postby Wissam24 on Wed 21 Dec 2016, 7:43 pm

farnboroughrob wrote:Lovely photos, surprised to see a PAC 750 in the background. I am assuming no foreign airlines serve Pyongyang?


Air China go in sometimes - in fact we saw one there when we arrived which was quite exciting. I don't think any others unless some Vladivostok based Russian airline?
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Re: DPRK Dreams - The World's Most Unlikely Air Show

Postby Downes0106 on Thu 22 Dec 2016, 7:44 pm

What a fantastic set of images. :worship:
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Re: DPRK Dreams - The World's Most Unlikely Air Show

Postby The Baron on Thu 22 Dec 2016, 9:49 pm

I think I'm in love with that Air Koryo kit.
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Re: DPRK Dreams - The World's Most Unlikely Air Show

Postby CJS on Fri 23 Dec 2016, 9:53 pm

Lovely pics Sam, thanks for sharing :up:

37 :joystick: :shock: :hide: and 38 are the picks for me.

Happy Christmas too :smile:
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Re: DPRK Dreams - The World's Most Unlikely Air Show

Postby Tommy on Sat 24 Dec 2016, 8:16 pm

Nice stuff, buddy. In addition to the splendid subject matter, I think this is the best photography I've seen from you, mate. :up:
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Re: DPRK Dreams - The World's Most Unlikely Air Show

Postby StuWeston on Sat 24 Dec 2016, 8:22 pm

Brilliant, just brilliant. Nice to see some different ones with the people etc, so interesting.
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Re: DPRK Dreams - The World's Most Unlikely Air Show

Postby iainpeden on Sat 24 Dec 2016, 8:32 pm

Lovely "angle" on number 7; can you be politically incorrect in North Korea?
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Re: DPRK Dreams - The World's Most Unlikely Air Show

Postby Wissam24 on Sun 25 Dec 2016, 6:27 pm

iainpeden wrote:Lovely "angle" on number 7; can you be politically incorrect in North Korea?


Suffice to say I think there are particular criteria the stewardesses are selected for...photogeneity being one of them...

Many thanks for your thoughts everyone and have a great Christmas!
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