Cockpit photo exposes North Korean pilot using a ridiculous lace-trimmed ejection seat headrest cover

Is this a standard cockpit adornment?

Screenshots from a video aired by the North Korean state television were posted yesterday by Alert5 military aviation site.

While cockpit footage from inside a North Korean Su-25 jet is quite rare, what is even more interesting is the weird (at least by Western standards) adornment exposed by the video.

Indeed, as noticed by our friend Tim Robison, Editor in Chief of AEROSPACE, the magazine of the Royal Aeronautical Society, there is some lace-trimmed cover on the ejection seat headrest.

Whether this is a standard decoration or a pilot customization is still open to debate; for sure it doesn’t seem to be made of fire-resistant material as one should expect from almost everything inside the cockpit.

Image credit: Alert5

 

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7 Comments

    • Nice catch. Given it looks like standard issue, likely an item of propaganda – which “trumps” function in the world of North Korea. Can anyone read the inscription?

  1. How many of those brightly-painted CAG birds are at any at all risk of facing other fighter aircraft? I well remember the rapid toning-down of all markings on U.S. military aircraft that followed the Iran hostage crisis. It was a hell of a long time before any artwork or colour re-appeared and you can be sure that if things get ugly with a country that has a viable air force, it will happen again.

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