North Korea’s Air Force UncoveredTony Osborne
For decades, the Korean People’s Army Air Force (KPAAF) has only been seen through an opaque haze of fuzzy, blurred photos and occasional propaganda images with the party elite posing in front of a fighter jet. So secretive is the state that few outsiders catch a glimpse of its military capability.
That is, until now. North Korea held its first-ever public airshow, the Wonsan Air Festival, on Sept. 24 and 25 at Kalma Airport, a newly rebuilt facility that the North Korean government hopes will be a gateway for tourism to the region. Hundreds of Western aviation enthusiasts—including photographer Martin Fenner—made their way there for the rare chance to see North Korean military aircraft.