April 24, 2024

Confirmed: N. Korea repainted civilian jets for military parade

North Korea repainted civilian airliners with camouflage for military day parade

Photographs of two Air Koryo cargo planes landing at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport have confirmed that North Korea repainted civilian jets with temporary camouflage coloring for a high-profile "Victory Day" celebration in July.

The pictures, published at RussianPlanes.net, prove that three "military" Ilyushin-76 cargo planes seen flying over Kim Il Sung square this July were borrowed from state airline Air Koryo and temporarily repainted in camouflage coloring – likely to exaggerate air force capabilities to watching international media.

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