The Republic of Korea Air Force’s Black Eagles performed an aerobatic display at the Farnborough International Airshow in July.

Eight of the T-50Bs, the aerobatic variant of the supersonic advanced jet trainer, were in the sky for a spectacular show at the event.

As well as Farnborough, the Black Eagles also displayed at the Southport Air Show and the Royal International Air Tattoo.

Boeing 747 transport

Prior to departing Korea, all nine of the Black Eagles’ aircraft were disassembled and loaded onto Boeing 747s.
The transport aircraft flew via Thailand and Turkey before arriving at MOD Boscombe Down.

It took less than three weeks for the aircraft to be reassembled, checked, certified and successfully air tested.
During their visit to the UK, they also flew with the RAF Red Arrows.

Squadron Leader Carter, Officer Commanding Operations Squadron, MOD Boscombe Down, said: “We are privileged to host the renowned Black Eagles at MOD Boscombe Down and it has been a really positive experience for the Whole Force team of DE&S, RAF and QinetiQ.

“Sharing details about our cultures, working practices and values has been fascinating. Visits such as these remind us of the strong relations we have with our overseas partners and the importance of working together.”

Gratitude to UK veterans

The Korean display team said: “The Black Eagles are delighted to be back in the UK and have fond memories of their 2012 visit to the Waddington Airshow.

“This tour provides an opportunity for the Republic of Korea to show their gratitude to the UK veterans that fought in the Korean war between 1950 and 1953, where many lost their lives.

“The tour may be the last chance to show due respect and gratitude toward the UK veterans who may have may now be in their 90s.”
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