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Black Eagles to Perform at Farnborough

Our Bureau - : Jul 6, 2022 - : 12:45 am

As part of military diplomacy to promote South Korean-made T-50B supersonic trainer jets, the country’s aerobatic display team “The Black Eagles” will perform at the Farnborough Airshow.

The team comprises 12 pilots who will fly in eight black, white, and yellow aircraft. The acrobatic group is part of the Republic of Korea’s Air Force (ROKAF) and will be performing at three UK air shows this summer for the first time since 2012.

In order to reach the UK, nine T-50B aircraft used in the displays were taken apart and placed inside three transporter aircraft, reported Yonhap News Agency in May. Besides, Farnborough, the Black Eagles team will perform in July at Southport Air Show and the Royal International Air Tattoo.

The team last attended a British show in 2012. Later, it joined flight events in Singapore and Malaysia but did not travel to Britain due largely to geographical distance, according to the officials.

The team of 12 pilots will fly eight T-50B supersonic trainer jets to stage various performances, including its trademark show of drawing with smoke tails the taegeuk mark, a signature symbol of South Korea’s national flag.

A joint flight with its British counterpart, the Red Arrows, has also been arranged to highlight the two countries’ friendship, the Air Force said.

Following its trip to Britain, the team plans to visit 13 other countries, including Poland, Slovakia, Egypt, and the Philippines, to promote South Korean military assets, such as the FA-50 light attack aircraft.

The squad’s flight distance before its return home is estimated to be 20,000 kilometers, the Air Force said.


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