Saturday, April 11, 2009

Allies to practice close air support

Stars and Stripes
Pacific edition, Saturday, April 11, 2009

OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea — U.S. and South Korean fighter pilots will team up next week to practice flying a close air support mission, officials here said Thursday.

The airmen will take part in a three-day "Buddy Wing" exchange Monday through Wednesday at Osan Air Base, teaming pilots of the Osan-based 51st Fighter Wing's 25th Fighter Squadron with those of South Korea's 15th Composite Wing, based at Seoul Air Base.

Four U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II attack planes and two South Korean air force turboprop KA-1 aircraft will fly a mock close air support mission Tuesday near the Demilitarized Zone, said 1st Lt. Naomi C. Evangelista, a 51st Fighter Wing spokeswoman.

The Korean pilots will take the role of forward air controllers, guiding the A-10s to mock enemy ground targets, she said.

The two air forces hold Buddy Wing exchanges several times a year, she said.


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