North Korea’s Leader Kim Jong Un meets female fighter pilots (and their venerable Mig-15 jets)

North Korean Leader poses next to a takes shots of Mig female fighter pilots.

An always smiling Kim Jong Un visited a North Korean airstrip where he met, congratulated and took pictures of the first two female fighter pilots posing in front of their jets.

“I am very satisfied and pleased to see the emergence of excellent female pilots and their brave flight in a matter of just a few months after I gave orders to train them,” North Korea’s Supreme Leader said according to the state agency KCNA.

North Korea’s Air Force inducted the first unit for women in 1993 but until today, pilots were not qualified for fighter jets.

Indeed, the first Korean People’s Army Air Force’s female pilots must be brave to fly the obsolete Soviet-era Migs with flight gear which looks like the one used in the ’60s or ’70s.

Although when and where the images were taken was not unveiled, the airfield may be Sunan International Airport in Pyongyang.

Last week, the U.S. Air Force announced F-22 Raptor multi-role stealth jets were deployed to Japan as deterrence to North Korea. For sure, Mig-15s would not pose any threat to 5th Generation (or previous generations) U.S. combat planes.

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Image credit: Yonhap News


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