KF-21 test pilot speaks of overcoming stress of successful first flight

Air Force Maj. Ahn Jun-hyun speaks during an interview. Courtesy of the Defense Acquisition Program Administration

By Kang Seung-woo

KF-21 test pilot speaks of overcoming stress of successful first flight

Air Force Major Ahn Jun-Hyun, who made the first flight of the country’s first domestically-developed fighter on Tuesday, admitted that he felt a great deal of psychological stress shortly before takeoff.

But in the end, he was able to dispel pre-performance tensions and complete his historic flight, making South Korea the country that developed the world’s eighth most advanced supersonic fighter.

Developed by the Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI), the KF-21 Boramae is 21 years after the KF-X program was launched to produce advanced multi-role fighters with higher capabilities than the KF. I flew in the sky for the first time. -16 fighter. The Air Force plans to secure 120 KF-21s by 2032.

“I didn’t express that, but I felt a lot of psychological pressure until just before the launch,” Anne of the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) 52nd Trial Evaluation Group released in a media release interview on Wednesday.

“But after taking off over Sachon and flying, it flew comfortably and smoothly according to a preset route.”
KF-21 is the 3rd Air Force in Sacheon, Gyeongsangnam-do. Take off from the flight training squadron. According to DAPA, the plane, armed with four meteo-air-to-air missiles, flew at a speed of about 400 kilometers per hour (215 knots) for 33 minutes without becoming supersonic.

“After landing, we have received congratulations from many and pay tribute to those who have worked hard to develop and test the KF-21,” Anne said.

By the time of the first flight test, the KF-X program had experienced many twists and turns, including B. Single or twin controversy, US refusal to transfer core technology, and major changes to fuselage layout. In 2015, DAPA signed a contract to develop a fighter aircraft with KAI, the only aircraft manufacturer in the country.

Formerly a flight instructor for the Korean KT-1 trainer in the 3rd Flight Training Building,
Ann applies to become a test pilot in the hope of strengthening the Air Force’s military strength through his flight tests. I decided that.

According to the Air Force, in February last year Anne began preparing for the KF-21 flight test. This is a one-year preliminary combat capability test later this year with the goal of achieving the final combat capability in 2026. In a step-by-step development process.

Ann is, of course, part of this process.

“There aren’t many 2,200 missions because it’s not easy to test an aircraft, which is the culmination of many technologies,” Ahn said.

Ann is registered as an Air Force pilot on the first flight of the KF-21. But he didn’t read the label very much.
“I don’t want to give too much weight to the title” First Test Flight Pilot ” he said. “The upcoming test flight and the missions to be done are more important.”

Ahn also said he would work together “in unison” with his colleagues to safely complete the 2,000 or more sorties.


Credit/Source : https://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2022/07/205_333061.html

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