Pyongyang Showcases Mini US Fighter Jet at Country's First Air Show
03:39 27.09.2016(updated 08:27 27.09.2016)
North Korea impressed audiences at the country's first air show this weekend with a remote-controlled model of an F-16 fighter jet shooting fireworks through the sky.
The F-16 model, along with a model of China's J-10 fighter jet, were both featured on Sunday, the air show's second and final day.
Organized as a way to stoke tourism in the communist country, Pyongyang invited thousands of journalists and tourists to the air show. Attendees were able to see aircraft from the DPRK's own air force, including the SU-25 and MiG-29 ground attack fighters, both acquired from Moscow.
MiG-21 pilot Rim Sol said "This plane is faster than other airplanes and can maneuver quickly, so there is little time to think, you must make fast decisions," according to Military.com
Using a miniature version of a US Air Force jets seems a strange decision, considering recent tensions the DPRK has had with the US over the B-1B Lancers Washington flew over the Korean peninsula, escorted by South Korean fighter jets.
Pyongyang's state-owned news service, the North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), responded to the show of force saying in a statement, "These extremely reckless provocations of the US imperialist warmongers are pushing the situation on the Korean peninsula to the point of explosion hour by hour," the KCNA said, warning that the North's military has the means to "beat back any aggression and provocation at a single blow," according to South Korean news agency Yonhap News.
KCNA added that Seoul and Washington, "better stop their rash actions."
The exhibition began Saturday at Kalma International Airport with US-made Hughes MD 500s performing an aerobatic display. Air Koryo, North Korea's only airline, also put its aging, Soviet-manufactured Tupolev, Ilyushin and Antonov planes on display.
Military parachuting was also featured on the final day, where two skydivers made their descent with ruling party and national flags.
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