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Republic of Korea's Black Eagles at MoD Boscombe Down for UK airshows

Posted 11 July 2022

MoD Boscombe Down has welcomed the Republic of Korea Air Force’s Black Eagles to the Station, where they will be based to perform at UK air shows this summer, including the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) and the Farnborough International Airshow (FIA).

Above: Korean Air Force Pilots working on Black Eagle aircraft parts.
Courtesy RAF / MoD

This is the first visit to the UK since 2012. Over the coming weeks, the pilots will fly their T-50Bs, the aerobatic variant of the supersonic advanced jet trainer at the Southport Air Show, RIAT and FIA.

Prior to departing Korea, the nine aircraft were disassembled and loaded onto Boeing 747s. The transport aircraft flew via Thailand and Türkiye before arriving at MoD Boscombe Down. In less than three weeks the aircraft have been reassembled, checked, certified and successfully air tested.

During their visit, they will fly with the RAF Red Arrows, with both organisations eager to take full advantage of this unique opportunity to display together representing both nations.

Squadron Leader Carter, Officer Commanding Operations Squadron, MoD Boscombe Down said: "We are privileged to host the renowned Black Eagles at MoD Boscombe Down and it has been a really positive experience for the Whole Force team of DE&S, RAF and QinetiQ. Sharing details about our cultures, working practices and values has been fascinating. Visits such as these remind us of the strong relations we have with our overseas partners and the importance of working together."

A Korean Display Pilot said: "The Black Eagles are delighted to be back in the UK and have fond memories of their 2012 visit to the Waddington Airshow. This tour provides an opportunity for the Republic of Korea to show their gratitude to the UK veterans that fought in the Korean war between 1950 and 1953, where many lost their lives. The tour may be the last chance to show due respect and gratitude toward the UK veterans who may have may now be in their 90s."



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