First flight for Philippines FA-50

The first of twelve Korea Aircraft Industries (KAI) FA-50PH attack aircraft for the Philippines Air Force took to the air last week from KAI’s factory airfield in Sacheon in South-Korea. the Philippines. The deal is worth 420 million USD and makes the Philippines the third T-50/FA-50 operator following South-Korea and Indonesia.

KAI says it expects to deliver the first two aircraft before the end of the year. For the Philippines, the delivery means its air force once again is able to use fast jets. The FA-50’s predecessor – the F-5 Tiger – was retired years ago, leaving the air force without any respectable fighter aircraft.

© 2015 editor Elmer van Hest
Featured image: The FA-50 at Sacheon. (Image © KAI)