Armed Forces Overviews
North Korea
North Korea
1st Air Combat Division
In the eighties Korea obtained a large batch MD500E's using German middleman.
Photo: Scramble
Kaech'on AB
Rwy: 05/23
Pos: 39°45'11"N 125°54'16"E
Elev: 105ft
Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s)
1st Air Combat Division

35th Air Regiment F-6
The air base is close to the nuclear power plants at Yongbyon city.
At Kaechon also the Division headquarters are based.

Kwaksan AB
Rwy: 03/21
Pos: 39°43'55"N 125°06'39"E
Elev: 62ft
Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s)
1st Air Combat Division

Transport Regiment An-2/Y-5

Onchon-up AB
Rwy: 01/19
Pos: 38°54'25"N 125°13'55"E
Elev: 56ft
Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s)
1st Air Combat Division

Air Regiment F-6
Onchon-up is also known for its emergency runway that is partially covered by a mountain.

Even in 2016 MiG-15s remain active.
Photo: KJU
Panghyon/Naamsi AB
Rwy: 11/29
Pos: 39°55'36"N 125°12'29"E
Elev: 293ft
Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s)
1st Air Combat Division

Operational Conversion Unit FT-5
The airbase also houses a fighter maintenance unit.

Pukchang AB - East
Rwy: 10/28
Pos: 39°29'24"N 125°59'51"E
Elev: 192ft
Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s)
1st Air Combat Division

Helicopter Regiment Mi-2
Mi-8
Mi-24
Mi-26

The Mi-8 is a modest supplement to the many operational Mi-2s.
Photo: Lars Hentschel (c)
Pukchang AB - West
Rwy: 14/32
Pos: 39°30'19"N 125°57'49"E
Elev: 166ft
Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s)
1st Air Combat Division

60th Air Regiment MiG-23ML
MiG-23UB


60th Air Regiment MiG-21PFM

At Pukchang MiG-21PFMs are based alongside MiG-23ML.
Photo: DPRKAF
Sunchon AB
Rwy: 15/33
Pos: 39°24'34"N 125°53'34"E
Elev: 138ft
Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s)
1st Air Combat Division

Unit 1017
57th Air Regiment
MiG-29B (9-12)
MiG-29S (9-13)
MiG-29UB


Unit 1017
55th Air Regiment
Su-25K
Su-25UBK

At Sunchon Su-25s and MiG-29s are based. In 2013 the green camouflage was replaced by grey c/s.
Photo: KCNA
Interesting to note that the Air Force uses MiG-29B and MiG-29S versions. Of both versions an aircraft with serial 555 exists.
Photo: Scramble
Uiju AB (ZKUJ)
Rwy: 04/22
Pos: 40°09'03"N 124°30'00"E
Elev: 33ft
Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s)
1st Air Combat Division

24th Air Regiment H-5
Just south-west of this airfield a small helicopter strip is located in border town Sinuiju.

Although ground attack can be done by any aircraft of the Air Force, the Su-25K is specially designed for that role.
Photo: Scramble
North Korea
2nd Air Combat Division
Changjin-up
Rwy: 15/33
Pos: 40°21'52"N 127°15'51"E
Elev: 3547 ft
Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s)
2nd Air Combat Division

Bomber Regiment H-5
A number of F-7/MiG-21s are wfu on this airbase.

Hwangsuwon-ni AB
Rwy: 13/31
Pos: 40°40'55"N 128°09'00"E
Elev: 4037ft
Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s)
2nd Air Combat Division

72nd Air Regiment F-7/MiG-21

Iwon AB
Rwy: 10/28
Pos: 40°21'36"N 128°43'07"E
Elev: 52 ft
Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s)
2nd Air Combat Division

Fighter Regiment F-5

Kuum Ni AB
Rwy: 05/23
Pos: 38°52'02"N 127°54'22"E
Elev: 63 ft
Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s)
2nd Air Combat Division

Fighter Regiment F-7/MiG-21

Manpo
Rwy: 02/20
Pos: 41°08'20"N 126°21'24"E
Elev: 819 ft
Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s)
2nd Air Combat Division

Air Regiment An-2/Y-5

Orang AB
Rwy: 04/22
Pos: 41°25'44"N 129°38'53"E
Elev: 9ft
Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s)
2nd Air Combat Division

Fighter Regiment F-5

Sonchon
Rwy: 13/31
Pos: 39°55'09"N 124°50'17"E
Elev: 207 ft
Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s)
2nd Air Combat Division

Air Regiment Mi-4/Z-5

Toksan AB
Rwy: 04/22
Pos: 39°59'49"N 127°36'44"E
Elev: 119ft
Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s)
2nd Air Combat Division

56th Air Regiment F-7
MiG-21PFM
MiG-21bis
At Toksan also the Division headquarters are based

These two MiG-21s are piloted by the immensely popular Flowers of the Sky: Two 21 year old (in 2016) female pilots.
Photo: Scramble
Unknown
Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s)
2nd Air Combat Division

58th Air Regiment MiG-23ML
MiG-23UB

Wonsan/Kalma Intl
Rwy: 15/33, 02/20
Pos: 39°10'00"N 127°29'03"E
Elev: 16ft
Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s)
2nd Air Combat Division

46th Air Regiment F-6


46th Air Regiment MiG-21
FT-5
30 July 2015 the airport was reopened as a civilian airport (Kalma) after a two year upgrade, with reduced military fighter activities.
The airport is also occasionally used for exercises.

In the country many highways are prepared for emergency fighter operations as this MiG-21PFM from Unit 630 demonstrates.
Photo: DPRKAF
Wonsan/Kang Da Ri AB
(under construction)
Rwy: 04/22
Pos: 39°05'49"N 127°23'58"E
Elev: 167 ft
Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s)
2nd Air Combat Division

No regiment yet -
This airbase with an emergency strip located through a mountain is still under construction but could become the new home of the fighter regiments from deserted Wonsan AB.

North Korea
3rd Air Combat Division
Chik-Tong
Rwy: 05/23 (grass)
Pos: 38°43'04"N 126°40'53"E
Elev: 814 ft
Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s)
3rd Air Combat Division

No regiment -
Along this grass strip some fighters are stored as decoy.

Hwangju AB
Rwy: 11/29
Pos: 38°39'13"N 125°47'20"E
Elev: 40ft
Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s)
3rd Air Combat Division

Fighter Regiment MiG-21PF


Operational Conversion Unit MiG-21U
At Hwangju also the Division headquarters are based

Hyonni AB
Rwy: 01/19
Pos: 38°36'49"N 127°27'07"E
Elev: 1927ft
Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s)
3rd Air Combat Division

11th Fighter Regiment F-5
FT-5
Confirmation about the operational status is required.

Koksan AB
Rwy: 07/25
Pos: 38°41'23"N 126°36'16"E
Elev: 807ft
Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s)
3rd Air Combat Division

86th Air Regiment MiG-21
F-6s used to operate from this base.

Kwail/Pungchon AB
Rwy: 15/33
Pos: 38°25'32"N 125°01'09"E
Elev: 62ft
Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s)
3rd Air Combat Division

Unit 1016
303rd Fighter Regiment
F-5
FT-5

Several Regiments still operate the F-5/MiG-17, like at Pungchon AB
Photo: DPRKAF
Nuchon Ni AB
Rwy: 10/28
Pos: 38°14'17"N 126°07'13"E
Elev: 270 ft
Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s)
3rd Air Combat Division

Helicopter Regiment Mi-2

Taetan AB
Rwy: 09/27
Pos: 38°07'50"N 125°14'46"E
Elev: 107ft
Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s)
3rd Air Combat Division

4th Fighter Regiment F-5


Operational Conversion Unit FT-5


Helicopter Regiment Mi-2
The fighters seem to be wfu.

North Korea
5th Transport Division
Kuktong AB
Rwy: 09/27 (grass)
Pos: 41°14'59"N 129°33'48"E
Elev: 128 ft
Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s)
5th Transport Division

Transport Regiment An-2/Y-5

In addition to 140 Polish build An-2s the Air Force also operates Chinese build Y-5s
Photo: Scramble
Pyongyang/Mirim
Rwy: HEL
Pos: 39°01'13"N 125°51'11"E
Elev: 64ft
Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s)
5th Transport Division

Transport Regiment Mi-2
Adjacent to the military area a small site has been constructed for Ultralight operations by the civilian Pyongyang Air Club. (available for tours by foreigners)

Sondok AB
Rwy: 01/19
Pos: 39°44'52"N 127°28'32"E
Elev: 12ft
Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s)
5th Transport Division

Transport Regiment An-2/Y-5
The airbase is not used by Li-2 anymore.

Taechon AB
Rwy: 10/28
Pos: 39°54'10"N 125°29'21"E
Elev: 119ft
Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s)
5th Transport Division

Air Transport Regiment An-2/Y-5
At Taechon also the Division headquarters are based

Yongpo-ri AB
Rwy: 12/30
Pos: 39°47'29"N 127°31'58"E
Elev: 6ft
Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s)
5th Transport Division

Transport Regiment An-2/Y-5

North Korea
6th Transport Division
Ayang Ni
Rwy: HEL
Pos: 38°13'31"N 125°59'40"E
Elev: 402 ft
Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s)
6th Transport Division

Air Regiment Mi-24

Cheagun-dong
Rwy: HEL
Pos: 40°58'21"N 129°13'58"E
Elev: 714 ft
Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s)
6th Transport Division

Helicopter Regiment Mi-2
The helicopters are located at two separated parts of the airbase.

Packhon Airfield
Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s)
6th Transport Division

Air Transport Regiment Mi-8/-17
Z-5 (Mi-4)


Air Transport Regiment Mi-2
Confirmation is needed this airfield is used.

The Mi-8T helicopter is used for transport, parajump and CSAR operations
Photo: Scramble
Pyongyang/Sunan (ZKPY)
Rwy: 01/19, 17/35
Pos: 39°13'16"N 125°40'13"E
Elev: 102 ft
Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s)
6th Transport Division

Air Koryo Il-62
Il-76MD
An-148-100
An-24
Tu-134
Tu-154B
Tu-204-100/-300
Some aircraft of the Pyongyang Air Club are also based here.

For over 30 years VIP transport within North Korea is provided by a single Il-62M.
Photo: DPRKAF
With production in China just starting North Korea might see more P750 XStol aircraft in the near future, unless import restrictions are more effective.
Photo: Scramble
Samjangkol AB
Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s)
6th Transport Division

Helicopter Regiment Mi-2
Confirmation is needed this airfield is used.

Sinuiju
Rwy: HEL
Pos: 40°05'26"N 124°24'32"E
Elev: 30 ft
Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s)
6th Transport Division

Helicopter Regiment Mi-2

Unknown
Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s)
6th Transport Division

#64 Regiment H500D

North Korea
8th Aviation Training Division
Chongjin AB
Rwy: 13/31
Pos: 41°40'27"N 129°40'36"E
Elev: 23ft
Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s)
8th Aviation Training Division

Kimcha'ek Air Force Academy BT-6

Hyesan AB
Rwy: 06/24
Pos: 41°22'41"N 128°12'18"E
Elev: 3261ft
Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s)
8th Aviation Training Division

Training Aviation Regiment An-2/Y-5
Confirmation is needed if aircraft are based on this mountain ridge air base.

Kilchu AB
Rwy: 01/19
Pos: 40°55'04"N 129°18'35"E
Elev: 312ft
Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s)
8th Aviation Training Division

Helicopter training regiment Mi-2
Confirmation is needed if this highway runway is still in use.

Samjiyon AB
Rwy: 07/25
Pos: 41°54'26"N 128°24'36"E
Elev: 4407ft
Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s)
8th Aviation Training Division

Fighter Training Regiment MiG-15UTI

North Korea
Regiments directly under AF HQ
Kangdong
Rwy: 03/21
Pos: 39°09'34"N 126°02'30"E
Elev: 120 ft
Regiment Squadron Aircraft Type(s)
Unit 2620

- BT-5
The Nanchang BT-5 is used in the bomber role.

Unit 2620 uses the BT-5 in the bomber role.
Photo: DPRKAF
Kyongsong AB
Rwy: 11/29
Pos: 41°33'36"N 129°37'53"E
Elev: 15ft
Regiment Squadron Aircraft Type(s)
Kyongsong Flight Officers School
(Unit 797)


- BT-6
At Kyongsong also the Division headquarters is based.

Pyongyang/City Heliport
Rwy: 13/31H
Pos: 39°02'31"N 125°48'36"E
Elev: 53 ft
Regiment Squadron Aircraft Type(s)
VIP flight

- Mi-8MTV-1

At Pyongyang a few Mil-8MTV-1s are operational in the VIP role.
Photo: Scramble
Unknown
Regiment Squadron Aircraft Type(s)
Reconnaissance/Electronic Warfare Regiment

squadrons H-5R
An-2/Y-5
An-24
MiG-17
MiG-19
MiG-21
Test and Evaluation Regiment

- various
Naval support/Anti-submarine warfare Regiment

- An-2/Y-5
Mi-2
Mi-4
Mi-14PL
The location of this unit needs confirmation.

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