South Korean F-35 A Performs Belly Landing Due To ‘Avionic System Issues’

File picture of the very first ROKAF’s F-35 A throughout its very first flight in 2018 (Image credit: Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Photo by Angel DelCueto)

It’s the very first recognized gear-up landing of an F-35

An F-35 A of the ROKAF (Republic Of Korea Air Force) performed an emergency situation landing at 12.51 PM on Jan. 4, 2022, South Korea’s Yonhap news firm reported.

According to the report, the 5th generation airplane was associated with a training objective when an avionic system problems required the pilot to perform a get ready landing at Seosan airbase, 151 kilometers southwest of Seoul. The emergency situation obviously marked the type’s very first tummy landing.

” Before the landing, the Air Force activated a fire truck to use unique foam on the runway, which avoided the jet’s fuselage from sustaining any severe damage,” Yonhap reported. While the genuine degree of the damage to the airplane has actually not been exposed, the incident left the pilot unhurt.

A joint examination with Lockheed Martin will identify the source of the event; on the other hand, ROKAF will suspend all of its F-35 A fighters pending the probe.

The Republic of Korea chose the F-35 at the end of its F-X III fighter acquisition program with the finalizing of a Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) in between the U.S. and Korean federal governments on Sept. 30,2014 Far, ROKAF has actually gotten more than 30 airplane out of 40 purchased F-35 A Conventional Take Off and Landing (CTOL) alternative jets. In December 2017, South Korea’s Defence Acquisition Program Administration developed a procedure for obtaining the 20 extra airplane, the Joongang Ilbo paper reported, pointing out several federal government sources.

The very first F-35 A for the ROKAF, called airplane AW-1, flew in Fort Worth, Texas, in March2018 In the exact same year, the very first F-35 A was provided to Luke AFB, Arizona, for pilot training while in 2019, the very first F-35 As were provided to their irreversible base in South Korea.

The ROKAF’s 17 th Fighter Wing and its 2 kid systems, the 151 Fighter Squadron and 152 Fighter Squadron, run the F-35 out of Cheongju Air Base, southeast of Seoul.


David Cenciotti is an independent reporter based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, among the world’s most well-known and check out military air travel blog sites. Because 1996, he has actually composed for significant around the world publications, consisting of Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and lots of others, covering air travel, defense, war, market, intelligence, criminal activity and cyberwar. He has actually reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown numerous fight airplanes with various flying force. He is a previous 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a personal pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has actually composed 5 books and added to much more ones.

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