Would you let North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un pilot your plane? Then watch him flying a regional jet

Footage released by Pyongyang shows North Korea’s Supreme Leader at the controls of a regional jet

Unlike his father Kim Jong-il, who was scared of flying after a helicopter crash in 1976, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is not only flying his “Air Force One”, regularly visiting North Korean Air Force units, greeting first female fighter pilots, but he is also personally flying some aircraft (an Antonov 148 in this case).

This is what a documentary just released by the Regime seems to suggest.

The clip shows the 31-year old Supreme Leader sitting inside the cockpit, reviewing the checklist, then take off and eventually land (under the supervision of a real pilot).

H/T Guido Olimpio for the heads-up


About David Cenciotti
David Cenciotti is a journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written five books and contributed to many more ones.