Supreme Commander of the Korean People’s Army (KPA) Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea and first chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK, guided a flight training of KPA Air and Anti-Air Force Unit 188 honored with the title of O Jung Hup-led Seventh Regiment on April 21. He gave an order to start the training and Kil Hun, son of Hero Kil Yong Jo, took off before others.
Kim Jong Un watched his flight, his face beaming with a broad smile. He was very pleased to watch it, saying: “He is the son of Hero Kil Yong Jo. He is flying in the sky just as his father did. That is the flight made to defend the country, following in the footsteps of his father. Excellent.”
Kil Hun skillfully piloted the plane to the place where Kim Jong Un was waiting for him before making a report on his fulfillment of the training order to him.
Hugging him and holding his hands for a while, Kim Jong Un said with appreciation: “You are admirable. Well done. I listened with keen attention to your speech made at the meeting of airpersons. You have shown in practice the pledge you made there.”
He kindly asked Kil how old he was when his father died and if he remembered his father. Kim Jong Un added: “He lost his father when he was three years old. He has grown up to stand at the post guarded by his father. He has become a squadron leader at the age of 25 like his father. The generation of our revolution is replaced by a new one like this.”
Recalling that Hero Kil Yong Jo was a genuine combat pilot who showed in practice the spirit of devotedly defending the leader,
Kim Jong Un urged Kil Hun to take the lead in flying to defend the country as his father did. He had a photo taken with him, holding him in his arms.
Then, planes of the unit took off, making twin formations.
The flying corps performed difficult flight missions, making a barrel roll at a very low altitude and fully demonstrated the militant stamina of the fighters to mercilessly blow up the citadel of enemies and wipe out the enemies to the last one by making prompt sorties like the lightning over Mt. Paektu once an order is issued any moment.
He met the airpersons who finished their training and encouraged them. Then he had a photo taken with them.
He said he organized the training without any prior notice upon being told that the airmen came back from the meeting yesterday, but it was very successful, adding this proved that the unit has always kept itself fully combat ready in response to the slogan “We wait for the Party’s sortie order.”
“As an air battle allows no moment’s delay,” he said, instructing the unit to intensify the flight training so as to fully prepare the airpersons as death-defying corps in the sky and able combat pilots capable of skillfully fighting a modern warfare.
He was accompanied by Jang Jong Nam, So Hong Chan, Han Kwang Sang, Hwang Pyong So, Ri Jae Il, Kim Pyong Ho and Ma Won Chun.