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Most of you cannot have missed that North Korea staged the very first Air Festival at Wonsan open to foreigners in September 2016. Of course, Aviagraphers were on scene.

 

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Nearly the whole Air Koryo fleet was there.

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Unexpected joys as the Democratic People's Republic Air Force participated in numbers as well, kicking off with their MD500E. About eighty of these little birds were acquired using a well-cloaked acquisition route...

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For most, the iconic MiG-21s were the stars of the show. But the heavy metal display started with the MiG-29. Triple 5 seen turning and burning towards and over the public, and deploying its brake chute after landing.

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Sukhoi 25s form the backbone of the fighter-bomber force. Apart from a solo display, bort 49, a three ship was launched as well with borts 28, 45 and 57 performing. The latter is seen using its chute here.

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Huge cheers from the international photographers fraternity when the MiG-21s taxied out! Piloted by female aviators; no brake-chutes necessary on Wonsan's huge but dusty runway.

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The end of day One, what will tomorrow bring?