Mig fighter jets take off and land on highway as North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un proudly watches

Mar 08 2013 - 12 Comments

On Feb. 28, 2013, the North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) released some images depicting Kim Jong Un attending wargames somewhere in North Korea.

NK runway 1

Noteworthy, as the following images prove, the drills included fighter jets operation from a local highway.

NK runway 2

According to the news agency, Korean People’s Army Air Force pilots on board their (obsolete) Mig-21 fighter jets showed the flexibility to launch sorties from remote regions where weather is unfavorable and runways/highway may experience violent gusts of wind.

NK runway 3

Image credit: KCNA

Based on the above images North Korea’s supreme leader is quite satisfied by the show and most probably believes his Air Force could effectively face South Korean and U.S. fighter planes in case of war.

I would not be as confident.

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  • Goose

    @cencio4 Wow, I didn’t know there even was such a thing as a “local highway” in North Korea.

    • http://twitter.com/dvsmith Dan Smith

      North Korea actually has a number of very wide, very flat, and, generally, very straight “highways.” They are mostly oriented North-South.

      Private ownership of vehicles is prohibited in the DPRK, but high-ranking party members and other VIPs are granted use of personal vehicles, so there is very little motor vehicle traffic.

      They are, however, perfect for launching bombers and moving large numbers of tanks, APCs and M-TELs towards the 38th parallel.

      See: http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2008/09/recent_scenes_from_north_korea.html#photo11

      • azriel escobedo

        is that suppose to be a jet fighter , that is garbage a f-22 raptor could destroy all is airforce.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lawrence-D-Wood/100000005183099 Lawrence D. Wood

    Ya gotta wonder what he is smoking to continue the charade. Pathetic.

  • Jon Jeter

    He needs to go on a diet :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/al.sorensen.5 Al Sorensen

    This is “so 70′s”! Hope this clown stays out of touch with reality. These planes were “the thing” when I was in the USAF (1957-65)

    • Ikhtiyar Rasul

      Even we retired the Mig-21s. The fishbed is well.., agile but this is a whole new level of stupidity.

  • Doug Allen

    Do you think anybody’s told him about the Gripen yet?

    Or even the Draken or Viggen, for that matter…

    • http://twitter.com/JacekSiminski Jacek Siminski

      Or the Polish Highway Strips (see my latest post) ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=554676479 Anthony J. Mitchell

    Lmao. A mig 21 fishbed vs. a F-15, F-16, or a F-22 will not end well at for the mig pilot. He will be killed before he even knew he was in combat.

  • Leo Cummings

    Now now folks. Many museums would love to get their hands on these flying antiques. Hope someone gets more pics and videos before N.K. gets a case of stupid and actually starts believing their own propaganda.

  • RobetK

    These “supreme” leaders are certainly not going humgry. look at those fat faces !! Every single one of them….