Kim Il Sung's Exploits in Building Air Force
Korean Central News Agency of DPRK via Korea News Service (KNS)
Pyongyang, August 19 (KCNA) --The Air Force Day which falls on August 20 is significantly observed in the DPRK. The Korean people take this opportunity to look back with deep emotion on the exploits performed by President Kim Il Sung in founding and developing a powerful air force.
The President, who had conceived a plan for creating an air force to defend the skies of the new Korea, set up the Aviation Association branches in Pyongyang, Sinuiju and other parts of the country right after the liberation of the country. In December Juche 34 (1945), he merged them into the Aviation Association of Korea.
Having been elected the chairman of the association, he energetically led the work for founding the air force.
He visited the Pyongyang Institute in mid March 1946, where he said that in order to build a completely independent and sovereign state, it was imperative to have an air force capable of defending the territorial air of the country with honor as well as the ground and naval forces. And he added that an aviation class for training aviators and technical service personnel should be set up at the institute.
He specified the tasks and ways for the management of the aviation class ranging from the political and ideological education, general military education and aeronautical education for the aviation class students to ensuring conditions for practicing aviation. Under the President's wise leadership and meticulous care, the aviation class of the Pyongyang Institute, the mother body of the air force, produced many competent aviators in a short span of time.
Basing himself on this, he organized a regular air force on August 20, 1947, the first of its kind in the Korean history.
Young as it was, the Air Force of the Korean People's Army humbled the U.S. imperialists who boasted of being air superiority during the Fatherland Liberation War (1950-1953).
Now the ideological and moral traits of the air force of the KPA are good and the standard of its military technique is incomparably high.
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