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|North Korean People's Army Air Force|
|20 Aug 1947|
The NKPAF is suffering from an increasingly rapid decline in operational effectivenss. A shortage of AVGAS has grounded many of the piston-engined aircraft operated by the NKPAF. A severe limit on flying hours for most pilots has resulted in a significant erosion of flying skills. This was demonstrated during a major mobilisation exercise conducted in late 2010 which was principally characterised by poor flying and poor organisation.
The NKPAF is desperate to acquire some new up-to-date combat aircraft, to begin replacing its ageing fleet of Chinese copies. In recent years it has been rebuffed by both Russia and China.
Current — Historical
Aircraft Serial Numbers
North Korean military aircraft carry two or three digit numbers. The 2-digit numbers are Soviet-style tactical codes allocated by the operating unit. The 3-digit numbers appear to be non-duplicated serial numbers based on the individual aircraft’s construction number – in the same manner as for several former Warsaw Pact air forces.
Coding system not used.
None – Manufacturers designations used.
Current Aircraft Inventory
All-Time Aircraft Used List
Aircraft MAYBE Used
Ministry of the People’s Armed Forces, Pyongyang.
The NKPAF is organised into Air Divisions, each with several Air Regiments.
Current Order of Battle
Historical Orders of Battle
All-Time Flying Units List
Current Air Bases
The NKPAF has available a large number of large and small air bases around the country. Some of these permanently host NKPAF units.
All-Time Air Bases Used List
In addition to the main bases, here are also a number of smaller airfields around the country which are sometimes used by the Air Force.
Military Air Bases Listing – to be added.
North Korea Military Aviation Bibliography – to be added.
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