In the eighties Korea obtained a large batch MD500E's using German middleman.

Scramble

Ayang Ni (--)

RWY HEL     POS 38°13'31"N 125°59'40"E     ELEV 402 ft

Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Badge
6th Helicopter Division

63rd Air Regiment
63 Hang-gong Yeondae
Mi-24 or Mi-8 ??

(Mi-24's never seen or registrated in DPRK AF service)

Changjin-up (--)

RWY 15/33     POS 40°21'52"N 127°15'51"E     ELEV 3547 ft

Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Badge
2nd Air Combat Division

25th Air Regiment
25 Hang-gong Yeondae
H-5 (Il-28) (1. battalion)
H-5 (Il-28) (2. battalion)
H-5 (Il-28) (3. battalion)

Cheagun-dong (--)

RWY HEL     POS 40°58'21"N 129°13'58"E     ELEV 714 ft

Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Badge
6th Helicopter Division

?? Air Regiment / Hang-gong Yeondae Mi-2 (1. battalion)
Mi-2 (2. battalion)
Mi-2 (3. battalion)
The helicopters are located at two separated parts of the airbase.

Chik-Tong (--)

RWY 05/23 (grass)     POS 38°43'04"N 126°40'53"E     ELEV 814 ft

Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Badge
3rd Air Combat Division

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

Chongjin AB (--)

RWY 13/31     POS 41°40'27"N 129°40'36"E     ELEV 23ft

Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Badge
8th Aviation Training Division

Kimcha'ek Air Force Academy Nanchang BT-5 (CJ-6) (1. battalion)
Nanchang BT-5 (CJ-6) (2. battalion)
Nanchang BT-5 (CJ-6) (3. battalion)

Hwangju AB (--)

RWY 11/29     POS 38°39'13"N 125°47'20"E     ELEV 40ft

Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Badge
3rd Air Combat Division

50th Air Regiment
55 Hang-gong Yeondae
MiG-21PF/UM (1. battalion)
MiG-21PF/UM (2. battalion)
MiG-21PF/UM (3. battalion)
At Hwangju also the Division headquarters are based

Hwangsuwon-ni AB (--)

RWY 13/31     POS 40°40'55"N 128°09'00"E     ELEV 4037ft

Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Badge
2nd Air Combat Division

72nd Air Regiment
72 Hang-gong Yeondae
F-7/MiG-21 (1. battalion)
F-7/MiG-21 (2. battalion)
F-7/MiG-21 (3. battalion)

Hyesan AB (--)

RWY 06/24     POS 41°22'41"N 128°12'18"E     ELEV 3261ft

Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Badge
8th Aviation Training Division

?? Air Regiment / Hang-gong Yeondae no aircraft based
Confirmation is needed if aircraft are based on this mountain ridge air base.

Hyonni AB (--)

RWY 01/19     POS 38°36'49"N 127°27'07"E     ELEV 1927ft

Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Badge
3rd Air Combat Division

11th Air Regiment
11 Hang-gong Yeondae
F-5, FT-5 (1. battalion)
F-5, FT-5 (2. battalion)
F-5, FT-5 (3. battalion)
Confirmation about the operational status is required.

This unit is flying obsolete aircraft destined to be used for suicide attacks in a new war.

Iwon AB (--)

RWY 10/28     POS 40°21'36"N 128°43'07"E     ELEV 52 ft

Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Badge
8th Aviation Training Division

74th Air Regiment
74 Hang-gong Yeondae
F-5, FT-5 (1. battalion)
F-5, FT-5 (2. battalion)
F-5, FT-5 (3. battalion)

Kaech'on AB (--)

RWY 05/23     POS 39°45'11"N 125°54'16"E     ELEV 105ft

Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Badge
1st Air Combat Division

35th Air Regiment
35 Hang-gong Yeondae
F-6 (1. Battalion)
F-6 (2. Battalion)
F-6 (3. Battalion)
The air base is close to the nuclear power plants at Yongbyon city.
At Kaechon also the Division headquarters are based.

Kangdong (--)

RWY 03/21     POS 39°09'34"N 126°02'30"E     ELEV 120 ft

Division Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Badge
3rd Air Combat Division

Unit 2620
23rd Air Regiment / Hang-gong Yeondae
Nanchang BT-5 (CJ-6) (1. battalion)
Nanchang BT-5 (CJ-6) (2. battalion)
Nanchang BT-5 (CJ-6) (3. battalion)
The Nanchang BT-5 is used in the bomber role.

Unit 2620 uses the BT-5 in the bomber role.

DPRKAF

Kilchu AB (--)

RWY 01/19     POS 40°55'04"N 129°18'35"E     ELEV 312ft

Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Badge
8th Aviation Training Division

Helicopter training regiment Mi-2 (1. battalion)
Mi-2 (2. battalion)
Mi-2 (3. battalion)
Confirmation is needed if this highway runway is still in use.

Koksan AB (--)

RWY 07/25     POS 38°41'23"N 126°36'16"E     ELEV 807ft

Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Badge
3rd Air Combat Division

86th Air Regiment
86 Hang-gong Yeondae
F-6 (1. battalion)
F-6 (2. battalion)
F-6 (3. battalion)

Kuktong AB (--)

RWY 09/27 (grass)     POS 41°14'59"N 129°33'48"E     ELEV 128 ft

Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Badge
5th Transport Division

?? Air Regiment / Hang-gong Yeondae Y-5 (An-2) (1. battalion)
Y-5 (An-2) (2. battalion)
Y-5 (An-2) (3. battalion)

In addition to 140 Polish build An-2s the Air Force also operates Chinese build Y-5s

Scramble

Kuum Ni AB (--)

RWY 05/23     POS 38°52'02"N 127°54'22"E     ELEV 63 ft

Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Badge
2nd Air Combat Division

71st Air Regiment
71 Hang-gong Yeondae
MiG-21PFM/UM (1. battalion)
MiG-21PFM/UM (2. battalion)
MiG-21PFM/UM (3. battalion)

Kwail/Pungchon AB (--)

RWY 15/33     POS 38°25'32"N 125°01'09"E     ELEV 62ft

Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Badge
3rd Air Combat Division

33rd Air Regiment
33 Hang-gong Yeondae
Unit 1016
F-5, FT-5 (1. battalion)
F-5, FT-5 (2. battalion)
F-5, FT-5 (3. battalion)
This unit is flying obsolete aircraft destined to be used for suicide attacks in a new war.

Several Regiments still operate the F-5/MiG-17, like at Pungchon AB

DPRKAF

Kwaksan AB (--)

RWY 03/21     POS 39°43'55"N 125°06'39"E     ELEV 62ft

Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Badge
5th Transport Division

?? Air Regiment
?? Hang-gong Yeondae
Y-5 (An-2) (1. battalion)
Y-5 (An-2) (2. battalion)
Y-5 (An-2) (3. battalion)

Kyongsong AB (--)

RWY 11/29     POS 41°33'36"N 129°37'53"E     ELEV 15ft

Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Badge
8th Aviation Training Division

Kyongson Flight Officers School
Unit 797
At Kyongsong also the Division headquarters is based.
Late 2017 the BT-6 aircaft left and a major rebuild of the air base area started.

Manpo (--)

RWY 02/20     POS 41°08'20"N 126°21'24"E     ELEV 819 ft

Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Badge
5th Transport Division

?? Air Regiment
?? Hang-gong Yeondae
Y-5 (An-2) (1. battalion)
Y-5 (An-2) (2. battalion)
Y-5 (An-2) (3. battalion)

Nuchon Ni AB (--)

RWY 10/28     POS 38°14'17"N 126°07'13"E     ELEV 270 ft

Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Badge
6th Helicopter Division

?? Air Regiment
?? Hang-gong Yeondae
Mi-2 (1. battalion)
Mi-2 (2. battalion)
Mi-2 (3. battalion)

Onchon-up AB (--)

RWY 01/19     POS 38°54'25"N 125°13'55"E     ELEV 56ft

Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Badge
1st Air Combat Division

36th Air Regiment
36 Hang-gong Yeondae
F-6 (1. Battalion)
F-6 (2. Battalion)
F-6 (3. Battalion)
Onchon-up is also known for its emergency runway that is partially covered by a mountain.

Even in 2016 MiG-15s remain active.

KJU

Orang AB (--)

RWY 04/22     POS 41°25'44"N 129°38'53"E     ELEV 9ft

Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Badge
2nd Air Combat Division

41st Air Regiment
41 Hang-gong Yeondae
F-5 (1. battalion)
F-5 (2. battalion)
F-5 (3. battalion)

Panghyon/Naamsi AB (--)

RWY 11/29     POS 39°55'36"N 125°12'29"E     ELEV 293ft

Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Badge
1st Air Combat Division

49th Air Regiment
49 Hang-gong Yeondae 1010 Unit
F-5, FT-5 (1. Battalion/OCU)
F-5, FT-5 (2. Battalion/OCU)
F-5, FT-5 (3. Battalion/OCU)
This unit is flying obsolete aircraft destined to be used for suicide attacks in a new war.

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) Badge
6th Helicopter Division

64 Air Regiment
64 Hang-gong Yeondae
H500D (1. battalion)
H500D (2. battalion)


65th Air Regiment
65 Hang-gong Yeondae
Mi-2 (1. battalion)
Mi-8 (2. battalion)
Mi-26, Mi-8 (3. battalion)

The Mi-8 is a modest supplement to the many operational Mi-2s.

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) Badge
1st Air Combat Division

58th Air Regiment
58 Hang-gong Yeondae
Unit 449
MiG-23ML, MiG-23UB (1. Battalion)
MiG-23ML, MiG-23UB (2. Battalion)

At Pukchang MiG-21PFMs are based alongside MiG-23ML.

DPRKAF

Pyongyang/City Heliport (--)

RWY 13/31H     POS 39°02'31"N 125°48'36"E     ELEV 53 ft

Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Badge
DPRK AF HQ

VIP Flight Mi-8MTV-1 (1. battalion)

At Pyongyang a few Mil-8MTV-1s are operational in the VIP role.

Scramble

Pyongyang/Mirim (--)

RWY HEL     POS 39°01'13"N 125°51'11"E     ELEV 64ft

Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Badge
DPRK AF HQ

Transport Regiment Mi-2 (1. battalion)
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)

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) Badge
5th 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 (P750, Ce208) are also based here.

For over 30 years VIP transport within North Korea is provided by a single Il-62M.

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.

Scramble

Samjiyon AB (--)

RWY 07/25     POS 41°54'26"N 128°24'36"E     ELEV 4407ft

Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Badge
8th Aviation Training Division

?? Air Regiment
?? Hang-gong Yeondae
F-5, FT-5 (1. battalion)
F-5, FT-5 (2. battalion)
F-5, FT-5 (3. battalion)
Beside this is a training unit, this is also an unit flying obsolete aircraft destined to be used for suicide attacks in a new war.

Sinuiju (--)

RWY HEL     POS 40°05'26"N 124°24'32"E     ELEV 30 ft

Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Badge
6th Helicopter Division

?? Air Regiment
?? Hang-gong Yeondae
Mi-2 (1. battalion)

Sonchon (--)

RWY 13/31     POS 39°55'09"N 124°50'17"E     ELEV 207 ft

Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Badge
6th Helicopter Division

22nd Air Regiment
22 Hang-gong Yeondae
Z-5 (Mi-4) (1. battalion)
Z-5 (Mi-4) (2. battalion)
Z-5 (Mi-4) (3. battalion)

Sondok AB (--)

RWY 01/19     POS 39°44'52"N 127°28'32"E     ELEV 12ft

Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Badge
5th Transport Division

?? Air Regiment
?? Hang-gong Yeondae
Y-5 (An-2) (1. battalion)
Y-5 (An-2) (2. battalion)
Y-5 (An-2) (3. battalion)
The airbase is not used by Li-2 anymore.

Sunchon AB (--)

RWY 15/33     POS 39°24'34"N 125°53'34"E     ELEV 138ft

Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Badge
1st Air Combat Division

55th Air Regiment
55 Hang-gong Yeondae
Su-25K, Su-25UBK (1. Battalion)
Su-25K, Su-25UBK (2. Battalion)


57th Air Regiment
57 Hang-gong Yeondae
Unit 1017
MiG-29B, MiG-29UB (1. Battalion)
MiG-29S, MiG-29UB (2. Battalion)

At Sunchon Su-25s and MiG-29s are based. In 2013 the green camouflage was replaced by grey c/s.

KCNA

Interesting to note that the Air Force uses MiG-29B and MiG-29S versions. Of both versions an aircraft with serial 555 exists.

Scramble

Taechon AB (--)

RWY 10/28     POS 39°54'10"N 125°29'21"E     ELEV 119ft

Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Badge
5th Transport Division

?? Air Regiment
?? Hang-gong Yeondae
Y-5 (An-2) (1. battalion)
Y-5 (An-2) (2. battalion)
Y-5 (An-2) (3. battalion)
At Taechon also the Division headquarters are based

Taetan AB (--)

RWY 09/27     POS 38°07'50"N 125°14'46"E     ELEV 107ft

Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Badge
6th Helicopter Division

?? Air Regiment
?? Hang-gong Yeondae
Mi-2 (1. battalion)
Mi-2 (2. battalion)
Mi-2 (3. battalion)
Taetan was used by the 4th Fighter Regiment (4th Div) flying FT-5 aircraft. The aircraft are still stored on the air base.

Toksan AB (--)

RWY 04/22     POS 39°59'49"N 127°36'44"E     ELEV 119ft

Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Badge
2nd Air Combat Division

56th Air Regiment
56 Hang-gong Yeondae
MiG-21PFM/UM (1. battalion)
MiG-21PFM/UM (2. battalion)
MiG-21PFM/UM (3. battalion)
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.

Scramble

Uiju AB (ZKUJ)

RWY 05/23     POS 40°09'03"N 124°30'00"E     ELEV 33ft

Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Badge
1st Air Combat Division

24th Air Regiment
24 Hang-gong Yeondae
H-5 (1. Battalion)
H-5 (2. Battalion)
H-5 (3. Battalion)
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.

Scramble

Unknown (--)
Regiment Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Badge
Reconnaissance/Electronic Warfare Regiment

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

- various

Wonsan/Kalma Intl (ZKWS)

RWY 15/33, 02/20     POS 39°10'00"N 127°29'03"E     ELEV 16ft

Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Badge
2nd Air Combat Division

46th Air Regiment
46 Hang-gong Yeondae
MiG-21 (1. battalion)
MiG-21 (2. battalion)
MiG-21 (3. battalion)
30 July 2015 the airport was reopened as a dual use (Kalma) after a two year upgrade.After reopening, the F-6s were replaced by MiG-21s.

In the country many highways are prepared for emergency fighter operations as this MiG-21PFM from Unit 630 demonstrates.

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) Badge
2nd Air Combat Division

No regiment yet -
6th Helicopter Division

66th Air Regiment / Hang-gong Yeondae Mi-14PL (1. battalion)
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.
The location of this unit needs confirmation.

Yongpo-ri AB (--)

RWY 12/30     POS 39°47'29"N 127°31'58"E     ELEV 6ft

Division Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Badge
5th Transport Division

?? Air Regiment
?? Hang-gong Yeondae
Y-5 (An-2) (1. battalion)
Y-5 (An-2) (2. battalion)
Y-5 (An-2) (3. battalion)

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