Korea Wins Best Display Award at Waddington Air Show

      July 04, 2012 13:38

      The Korean Air Force's Black Eagles aerobatic team was awarded the Boeing Trophy for best display at the Waddington International Air Show on Monday. The air show was held at the air base in the U.K. last Saturday through Sunday.

      The Korean aerobatic team stood out against prominent rivals at the show it took part in for the first time. The Waddington International Air Show is the Royal Air Force's largest air show with 92 aircraft from 18 countries and watched by about 140,000 visitors.

      Lieutenant Colonel Kim Young-hwa (right) leading the Korean Air Force's Black Eagles aerobatic team holds the Boeing Trophy for best display awarded by Al Gillespie, the station commander at Royal Air Force Waddington, at the Waddington International Air Show on Monday. /Courtesy of the Korean Air Force

      The Black Eagles team is the only aerobatic team that consists of eight supersonic aircraft. Other teams normally consist of about six planes. The Korean Air Force airlifted eight disassembled T-50Bs to the U.K. and assembled them there.

      The Swiss Air Force's solo F-18 fighter display team won second prize, and third prize went to the British Chinook team. Fifteen judges who are veteran pilots from different countries evaluated formation, observance of rules, teamwork, and audience response.

      The Black Eagles will take part in the Royal International Air Tattoo on July 7-8 and the Farnborough International Air Show on July 9-15, both in the U.K., before returning home on July 17.

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