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    WATCH: North Korea’s First Air Show Marred by Fighter Pilot Landing Error

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    Wonsan International Friendship Air Festival, North Korea’s first ever international air show that demonstrated the country’s air fleet, was slightly marred, when the Korean People’s Army Air Force’s Mig-21 demonstrating maneuvers experienced a hard tail landing in front of a huge crowd of spectators.

    The incident, which was taken on camera, occurred on the second day of the display that lasted September 24-25 in Kalma International Airport in Wonsan in the east of the country.

    In the video the DPRK’s Soviet-designed supersonic fighter jet Mig-21 is seen landing at a steep angle after demonstration of maneuvers. It then tail strikes the land and skids across the tarmac.

    The clumsy landing was observed by a huge audience, including foreign aviation enthusiasts, who were invited to the country for the first time ever.

    By holding the event the North Korean authorities hope to improve the tourist image of the country among foreigners. Several travel companies provided airshow packages to attend the event.

    The airshow consisted of civil and military aircraft performing. Aircraft on display included commercial planes of North Korea’s only airline Air Koryo, including Russian-built IL-18, IL-62M the massive IL-76TD, and military jets such as Mig-29, Mig 21, and Su-25 as well as Mil-17.


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