Three old timers S-211 pilots were chosen by the Philippine Air Force to train in South Korea to operate the South Korean made FA-50 Fighting Eagle. The three chosen pilots have more than a thousand jet flying time and in the rank of major.
According to PAF Air Defense Wing operations director Col. Ernesto Miguel Okol, these pilots will fly to South Korea on March 2015. Identities of chosen PAF pilots were not disclosed.
“Suffice it to say, we’ll be back to supersonic again,” Okol said. Okol has been a F-5 Tiger pilot.
Next year, two FA-50s are expected to be delivered, while in 2016 six FA-50s are already commissioned. Complete delivery of 12 FA-50 is expected on 2017.
Pilots who will train in South Korea will eventually become trainors when they return.