LANGKAWI: The Republic of Korea Air Force’s (ROKAF) Black Eagles, a South Korean air force unit making their third appearance at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition 2023 (Lima ’23), have expressed their honour to be able to fly their aircraft in Malaysian airspace.
The unit’s chief pilot, Major Yang Eunho, said the entire team was overwhelmed by Malaysians’ response to their aerobatic performance, having made their debut at the exhibition in 2017.
“We are very happy to see the people of Malaysia supporting us and we hope that they will enjoy our performance.
“We have 24 flying formations with two special formations, which are Taeguk (the South Korean flag) and tornado landings that could only be done by Black Eagles. I hope the people of Malaysia will be able to watch it,” he told reporters at the Mahsuri International Exhibition Centre (MIEC) compound here yesterday.
Yang said that they were fortunate as the weather was good and they could fly and put on their best show for Malaysians.
“We hope to get a lot of opportunities to participate in future Lima shows; if we are given the chance, we will show more great performances to Malaysians,” he added.
The Black Eagles aerobatic team used eight training aircraft, namely the T-50b Golden Eagle developed by Korean Aerospace Industries, which it has used since its 2017 Lima debut.
Other than the Black Eagles, Lima ‘23 also showcased other international aerobatic teams, including the Jupiter team from Indonesia, August 1st (China), the Russian Knights (Russia) and Al Fursan (United Arab Emirates). — Bernama