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
50 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.

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.
In 2018 the airbase area was rebuild and the BT-6 aircraft were gone.

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.
By 2014 the aircraft were gone however.

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)
During the renovation of Uiji this airbase seemed to house the H-5s based overthere.

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)
Early 2021 the airfield closed for a major upgrade, with over twelve MiG-29s going to Pukchang and at least 31 Su-25 going to Kaechon.

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)
In 2021 the airfield was used as a coronavirus-disinfection centre with at least 17 H-5s diverting to Sondok AB.

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)
Ka-28
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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