Armed Forces Overviews
Republic of Korea Air Force
Republic of Korea Air Force
Han Guk Gong Gun
The KAI T-50 Lead-In Fighter Trainer (LIFT) was introduced in December 2005 as a replacement for the F-5A/B and T-38A, with fifty delivered so far. In 2010, a further ten T-50Bs were delivered to the Black Eagles demo team, and the first of 22 TA-50 light-attack models was rolled out in January 2011.
Photo: Marco Pennings
Cheongju AB (RKTU)
K-59
Rwy: 06R/24L, 06L/24R
Pos: 36°42'60"N 127°29'57"E
Elev: 191 ft
Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
17 Fighter Wing

152 Fighter Squadron F-35A


156 Fighter Squadron Might become FA-50 unit.
29 Tactical Development & Training Group

191 Tactical Development & Training Squadron KF-16C
KF-16D


192 Tactical Development & Training Squadron F-5E
KF-5E
F-5F
KF-5F
6 Search & Rescue Group

233 Combat Search & Rescue Squadron HH-60P
AS332L
AS332L2
Bell 412


235 Search & Rescue Squadron HH-47D
HH-32A
156 FS with F-4E disbanded on 9 October 2012.
Both the 29th Group and the 6th Group are subordinate to the 17th Fighter Wing.
The 29 TD&TG provides two courses: FWIC (Fighter Weapons Instructor Course) and DACT (Dissimilar Air Combat Training course).

191 Tactical Development & Training Squadron borrows KF-16s for training purposes at Cheongju, as does 192 TD&TS on the F-5. Unfortunately, these squadrons do not wear any unit markings other than patches on the pilot’s shoulders.
Photo: Marco Pennings
Only five HH-47Ds are known to be operational with 235 SRS since 1991. They operate next to seven HH-32s in the SAR role.
Photo: Dietmar Fenners
Chungju / Jungwon AB (RKTI)
K-75
Rwy: 18R/36L, 18L/36R
Pos: 37°01'48"N 127°53'07"E
Elev: 281 ft
Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
19 Fighter Wing

155 Fighter Squadron KF-16C
KF-16D


161 Fighter Squadron F-16C
F-16D


162 Fighter Squadron F-16C
F-16D
39 Tactical Reconnaissance Group

159 Tactical Recon Squadron KF-16C
KF-16D
159 FS was renamed 159 TRS after the retirement of the RF-4C. Some KF-16s were modified to carry recon pods. 159 TRS belongs to both 19 FW and 39 TRG however 39 TRG is not subordinate to 19 FW.

The F-16 is the most numerous fighter in ROKAF service, next to the F-5, with 180 of all models (thirty F-16Cs, ten F-16Ds, 95 KF-16Cs and 45 KF-16Ds) received from 1986. They formed two new wings at two new airbases.
Photo: Marco Pennings
Daegu AB (RKTN)
K-2
Rwy: 13R/31L, 13L/31R
Pos: 35°53'39"N 128°39'32"E
Elev: 116 ft
Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
11 Fighter Wing

102 Fighter Squadron F-15K Blue Dragon


122 Fighter Squadron F-15K Jaguar


151 Fighter Squadron F-15K

The F-15K Slam Eagle is the most potent fighter in the ROKAF arsenal. Forty have been delivered so far, and a further 21 will be delivered by early 2012.
Photo: Marco Pennings
Gangneung AB (RKNN)
K-18
Rwy: 08/26
Pos: 37°45'13"N 128°56'37"E
Elev: 35 ft
Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
18 Fighter Wing

105 Fighter Squadron F-5E
F-5F
KF-5F


112 Fighter Squadron F-5E
F-5F
KF-5F


205 Flight Training Squadron Will receive FA-50?
205 FTS ex F-5E/F/KF-5F, disbanded on 30 November 2015

Some RoKAF fighter aircraft do carry unit badges. F-5F 10-601 pictured on final approach with a full-colour 105 FS badge.
Photo: Withheld
Gimhae AB (RKPK)
K-1
Rwy: 18R/36L, 18L/36R
Pos: 35°10'46"N 128°56'18"E
Elev: 13 ft
Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
5 Tactical Air Transport Wing

251 Tactical Air Support Squadron C-130H
C-130H-30
C-130J-30


256 Tactical Air Transport Squadron CN235-100M


258 Tactical Air Transport Squadron CN235-100M
CN235-220M


261 Air Tanker Squadron KC-330 Cygnus


271 AEW&C Flight Squadron E-737
Air Force Logistics Command

Maintenance and Repair Facility (MARF)
271 flight was activated on 21 September 2011

Twenty CN235s form the backbone of the current transport fleet. Twelve were delivered in 1993-1994, and eight came from Indonesian Aerospace in 2001-2002.
Photo: Unknown
Gunsan AB (RKJK)
K-8
Rwy: 18/36
Pos: 35°54'14"N 126°36'57"E
Elev: 29 ft
Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
38 Fighter Group

111 Fighter Squadron KF-16C
KF-16D
The 38th Group is subordinate to the 10th Fighter Wing at Suwon AB.

Gwangju AB (RKJJ)
K-57
Rwy: 04/22
Pos: 35°07'33"N 126°48'35"E
Elev: 48 ft
Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
1 Fighter Wing

189 Flight Training Squadron T-50


203 Flight Training Squadron T-50


206 Fighter Squadron F-5E
F-5F
FA-50 from ca 2017?

The F-5 fleet is still an important asset to ROKAF, with some 110 F-5Es, eighteen F-5Fs, forty KF-5Es and eighteen KF-5Fs in service with ten squadrons. The older F-5E/Fs are due for replacement, possibly by a T-50 derivative.
Photo: Marco Pennings
Sacheon AB (RKPS)
K-4
Rwy: 06R/24L, 06L/24R
Pos: 35°05'19"N 128°04'13"E
Elev: 25 ft
Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
3 Training Wing

213 Flight Training Squadron KT-1


215 Flight Training Squadron KT-1


217 Flight Training Squadron KT-1


236 Flight Training Squadron KT-1
52 Test Evaluation Group

281 Test Evaluation Squadron FA-50
T-50

The KAI KT-1 Wong Bee basic trainer replaced the T-37 at Sacheon from 2000. A total of 85 were received, followed by twenty KA-1 FAC aircraft in 2005-2006.
Photo: Dietmar Fenners
Seongmu AB (RKTE)
K-60
Rwy: 16/34
Pos: 36°34'05"N 127°30'00"E
Elev: 88 ft
Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
Air Force Academy

212 Flight Training Squadron T-103
KT-100
212 FTS; KT-100 should replace the T-103 by late 2016

From 2004, 23 IL-103s, locally known as T-103, replaced the T-41Bs with 212 FTS which is attached to the Air Force Academy for flight screening.
Photo: Marco Pennings
Seongnam AB (RKSM)
Sinchonri, Seoul AB, K-16
Rwy: 01/19, 02/20
Pos: 37°26'45"N 127°06'50"E
Elev: 92 ft
Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
39 Tactical Reconnaissance Group

125 Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron RC-800 (Bae125-800RA)
RC-800 (Bae125-800SIG)
Falcon 2000S SIGINT
15 Tactical Air Transport Wing

255 Special Operation Squadron C-130H
C-130H-30


257 Squadron C-130H
C-130H-30
35 Combined Group

296 Squadron B737-3Z8
B747-4B5
VH-60P
CN235-220M(VIP)
VCH-92
Black Bat
125 TRS is believed to relocate to Sacheon after the delivery of four RQ-4s, arrival expected this year.
Both the 35th and 39th Group are subordinate to the 15th Tactical Air Transport Wing. The 39th Group also has some units based at Suwon AB.

ROKAF currently flies four Raytheon Hawker BAe125-800RA aircraft, code-named Baekdu, and four BAe125-800SIG Geumgang, as shown here, that collect imagery with synthetic aperture and moving target indicator radars.
Photo: Marc van Zon
Three S-92As were handed over in October 2007. Known as VCH-92, they are presumed to be part of the VIP fleet of 296 Squadron at Seongnam.
Photo: Unknown
Seosan / Haemi AB (RKTP)
K-76
Rwy: 03R/21L, 03L/21R
Pos: 36°42'15"N 126°29'10"E
Elev: 39 ft
Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
20 Fighter Wing

120 Fighter Squadron KF-16C
KF-16D


121 Fighter Squadron KF-16C
KF-16D


123 Fighter Squadron KF-16C
KF-16D


157 Fighter Squadron KF-16C
KF-16D
Air Force Logistics Command

Maintenance and Repair Facility (MARF)

F-16C 92-003 banking to finals. It has a toned-down 20 FW badge.
Photo: Withheld
Suwon AB (RKSW)
K-13
Rwy: 15L/33R, 15R/33L
Pos: 37°14'22"N 127°00'25"E
Elev: 88 ft
Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
10 Fighter Wing

101 Fighter Squadron KF-5E
KF-5F
F-5E
F-5F


153 Fighter Squadron F-4E


201 Fighter Squadron KF-5E
KF-5F
F-5E
F-5F
153 FS moved to Suwon September 2017 and was the only squadron left in the RoKAF to operate the F-4E.
207 FS was disbanded prior to the F-4E fleet of 153 FS moving in, so before September 2017.

In 1980, a licence agreement was signed between Northrop and the Hanjin Corporation (Korean Airlines), for the assembly of a highly modified F-5E. These aircraft were then known as KF-5E/F and are called Chegong (Skymaster). A total of 48 KF-5Es and twenty KF-5Fs were produced between September 1982 and 1986.
Photo: Marco Pennings
Pictured at its former home-base Cheongju on 25 October 2013, the only active Phantom unit 153 FS is now operating from Suwon. Around twenty-five are still active.
Photo: Ronald Stevelink
Wonju / Hoengseong AB (RKNH)
K-46
Rwy: 03/21
Pos: 37°26'17"N 127°57'37"E
Elev: 329 ft
Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
8 Fighter Wing

103 Fighter Squadron FA-50
15 Tactical Air Transport Wing

237 Tactical Control Squadron KA-1
8 Fighter Wing

239 Special Flying Squadron
Black Eagles Aerobatic Flying Team
T-50B
103 FS operated the F-5E/KF-5F until 2014.
237 TCS moved from Seongnam to Wonju ca 2010
Both the 35th and 39th Group are subordinate to the 15th Tactical Air Transport Wing. The 39th Group also has some units based at Suwon AB.

Yecheon AB (RKTY)
K-58
Rwy: 10/28
Pos: 36°37'55"N 128°21'17"E
Elev: 354 ft
Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
16 Fighter Wing

115 FTS TA-50


202 Fighter Squadron FA-50
115 FTS was reactivated on 4 october 2010.

The RoKAF is using the KAI TA-50 as a lead-in fighter trainer. Like the T-50, it also has the cut-off vertical tail.
Photo: Withheld
The KAI FA-50 is a light-attack version of the original T-50. As can be seen it has a more standard vertical tail.
Photo: Ronald Stevelink
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