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S. Korean Air Force squadron achieves 150,000 mishap-free flight hours

All Headlines 10:51 May 15, 2016

SEOUL, May 15 (Yonhap) -- A South Korean squadron achieved 150,000 mishap-free flight hours over a period of 40 years and seven months, the country's Air Force said Sunday.

The Air Force said that its 237 Tactical Control Squadron of the 8th Fighter Wing has achieved 150,000 flight hours without any accident after its KA-1 light attack aircraft landed safely at an Air Force base on Friday. This is the longest accident-free record for a single squadron, the Air Force said.

"The record is meaningful because the squadron has achieved the feat while operating the KA-1 in recent years and helped prove the safety of the South Korean-made aircraft," the Air Force said.

It said the squadron's aircraft have flown a combined 48.3 million kilometers since October 1975, which is equivalent to circling the Earth 1,207 times.

The 237 squadron, established on Oct. 10, 1974, is the only tactical control squadron in South Korea. Its duty is to control air attacks for close air support missions, counter local provocations and conduct air-ground-sea joint operations.

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