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(LEAD) Air Force wing achieves 300,000 hours of mishap-free flights

Defense 16:09 November 26, 2018

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SEOUL, Nov. 26 (Yonhap) -- An Air Force training wing achieved 300,000 hours of accident-free flights Monday over a period of 15 years in a milestone that underscores its focus on pilots' safety, its officials said.

The 3rd Flying Training Wing attained the record for the first time in the Air Force's history when its KT-1 aircraft finished its training session at the 213th Training Squadron in Sacheon, 437 kilometers southeast of Seoul.

"Today's record is attributable to a combination of the good performance of the indigenous KT-1 plane, scientific training system and maintenance support," Maj. Yang Won-dong was quoted as saying. "We will continue this record of accident-free flights."

The four training squadrons under the wing have recorded their flight hours since Nov. 14, 2003. During the period, some 2,500 Air Force pilots have completed training programs at the wing.

Established in 1968, the wing is the Air Force's only flight training unit. It is equipped with training facilities employing cutting-edge technologies, such as virtual reality.

Members of the 3rd Flying Training Wing celebrate their achievement of 300,000 hours of accident-free flights at their base in Sacheon, 437 kilometers southeast of Seoul, on Nov. 26, 2018, in this photo provided by the Air Force. (Yonhap)

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