DVIDS – News – Up-Up and Away: ROKAF Black Eagles Blare Through Kunsan Skies
KUNSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea – On any normal day at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, the sight and sound of the Wolf Pack F-16 Fighting Falcons can be seen and heard roaring across the sky above. over our heads.
However, for the very first time, on September 9, 2021, the black, gold and white T-50 aircraft of the ROK Air Force Black Eagles performed technical aerobatic maneuvers in the Kunsan airspace.
âAs a former Thunderbird, current base commander and longtime partner of the ROK Air Force aviators, it has been amazing to watch the Black Eagles play here in Kunsan,â said declared U.S. Air Force Col. John Gallemore, 8th Fighter Wing Commander.
The team performed the practice demonstration to refine their performance, while also boosting morale and emphasizing partnership with those who live and work here.
âI understand that it is a difficult time because of COVID; However, by playing here, I hope he regains some of Kunsan’s dream and hopeful moments, âsaid ROKAF captain Yong-ha Park, Black Eagle 8 rider.
Since 1953, the Black Eagles aerobatic team has participated in numerous air shows on the Korean Peninsula and around the world. Each airshow gives the team the opportunity to showcase their abilities and inspire those on the ground.
âI think it’s everyone’s dream to fly,â Park said. âI think this is more than a dream. He represents hope for many people. I quickly realized that after joining the Black Eagles, I am able to fulfill the hopes and dreams of many who are watching me, and I am always grateful and grateful that I can fly. [with them]. “
The team consists of nine pilots, 30 maintenance crew members and six assistant crew members. Each of them plays a vital role in the success of every air show.
As with any aircraft, it takes a dedicated team of maintainers to make sure the demonstrations go off without a hitch, MSgt said. Jae-hyup Shin, head of maintenance for Black Eagle Seven.
âFrom take-off to actual performance, maintainers are those who do all the work behind the scenes that is necessary for pilots to perform at an airshow to their best,â Shin said.
Hearing and seeing the Black Eagles above their heads is a unique experience in itself, but seeing them fly over Kunsan for the first time symbolizes the continued dedication of the United States and the Republic of Korea to strengthening their relationship. .
âOpportunities like these, where I can sit next to our Korean counterparts, reinforce the importance of maintaining a strong partnership with our host nation allies, as we benefit from breathtaking air power. ? Invaluable, âsaid Gallemore. âTo feel inspired and to think about what we are capable of as an air force is a powerful thing. ”