Armed Forces Overviews
Republic of Korea Air Force
Republic of Korea Air Force
Han Guk Gong Gun
The ROKAF demonstration team "Black Eagles" in tight formation on 23 May 2019.
Photo: Joonwoo Hwangbo
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

151 Fighter Squadron F-35A
29 Tactical Development & Training Group

191 Tactical Development & Training Squadron various a/c on loan


192 Tactical Development & Training Squadron various a/c on loan
6 Search & Rescue Group

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


235 Search & Rescue Squadron HH-47D
HH-32A
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).

HH-60P 01-762 of the 233 CSRS photographed against the background of the Hallasan mountains.
Photo: 11 October 2018, Arjun Sarup
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
Rhino


161 Fighter Squadron F-16C
F-16D
Boramae


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

159 Tactical Recon Squadron KF-16C
KF-16D
Phoenix
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.

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

The F-15K Slam Eagle is the most potent fighter in the ROKAF arsenal. The badge of the 11 Fighter Wings adorns the air intake of 08-058 coming in for landing.
Photo: 19 December 2018, Chan Hyuk Han
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

Some RoKAF fighter aircraft do carry unit badges. KF-5F 10-611 pictured on final approach with a full-colour 105 FS badge on 3 May 2019.
Photo: Chan Hyuk Han
F-5E 61-650 of the 112 FS.
Photo: Chan Hyuk Han
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
51 Air Control Group

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

Maintenance and Repair Facility (MARF)

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
Three out of four KC-330 Cygnus ordered have been delivered so far.
Photo: Chan Hyuk Han
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

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
Luke AFB (AZ) (KLUF)
Rwy: 03L/21R, 03R/21L
Pos: 33°32'06"N 112°22'59"W
Elev: 1090 ft
Wing Group Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
944 Fighter Wing

944 Operations Group/Det. 2 F-35A Ninjas

The ROKAF is the second country in Asia, after Japan, that started to receive the F-35A Lightning II in 2018.
Photo: Jason Chen
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
28 Flight Group

212 Flight Squadron An-2
Air Force Academy

- KT-100

The use of the An-2 in ROKAF service is surrounded by secrecy.
Photo: unknown
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 Tactical Air Transport Squadron C-130H
C-130H-30
35 Combined Group

296 Special Transport Squadron BAe748-2A/248
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 BAe125-800SIG Geumgang, and four BAe125-800RA aircraft, code-named Baekdu as shown here.
Photo: Chan Hyuk Han
Two Falcon 2000S SIGINT were added to the fleet of the 125 TRS since September 2017.
Photo: Chan Hyuk Han
A single B737-3Z8 is in use with 296 sqn since the mid nineties.
Photo: Chiho Lee
For state-visits abroad the president of the Republic of Korea uses the B747-4B5 as seen here landing at Brussels on 18 October 2018.
Photo: Robert Verbrugge
A fleet of eight VH-60P have been delivered to 296 sqn.
Photo: Arjan Sarup
For its tasking the 296 sqn can use a wide variety of aircraft including two CN235-220M(VIP).
Photo: Chan Hyuk Han
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)

KF-16D 01-529 on finals. It has a toned-down 20 FW badge.
Photo: Chan Hyuk Han
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


153 Fighter Squadron F-4E


201 Fighter Squadron KF-5E
KF-5F

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
KF-5F 10-604 of 201 Fighter Squadron.
Photo: Unknown
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
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.

Twenty KA-1's, the armed version of the KT-1 trainer have been delivered to the 237 TCS.
Photo: Chan Hyuk Han
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

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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