First Flight of the Korean KF-21

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1st Lieutenant
May 30, 2011
Cape Canaveral
From Aerospace Digest:

This is an impressive looking aircraft! I also think it is the first jet fighter to receive a tanker designation. Talk about a multi-mission aircraft!

SEOUL, SINGAPORE—South Korea's latest fighter project, the Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) KF-21 Boramae, completed its first flight on the afternoon of July 19.

The Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said the KF-21 took off at the Third Flying Training Wing of the Air Force in Sacheon, South Korea, where the aircraft is manufactured. The KF-21 flew around the area for more than 30 min. Local media reported that the flight took around 40 min.

DAPA added that the fighter was equipped with four captive MBDA Meteor missiles, but not with other advanced avionics like the infrared search-and-track system. A Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) source told Aerospace DAILY that it tested basic low-speed flight, flying at around 215 kt. Two KAI T-50s provided chase during the event.


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