February 25, 2024

Playing with toys: North Korea’s odd looking air force drill

The Korean People's Air Force drill criticized by South Korea, but could be useful for visualization

North Korean air force training videos sparked ridicule and disbelief in the South Korean media in late January when footage emerged of DPRK pilots holding toy planes, walking around a large map painted on the ground, in front of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Further footage of the drill was released at the end of March by the DPRK’s TV news service KCTV, in their monthly roundup of Kim’s military activities at just before the 46-minute mark.