Kim Jong-un lauds North Korean female fighter pilots

North Korean leader calls country’s first women supersonic fighter jet pilots 'flowers of the sky'

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

North Korea's state media released undated photos of North Korean leader on Tuesday which are said to show a flight training session involving female fighter pilots Jo Kum Hyang and Rim Sol attended by Kim Jong Un.

The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) stated that the leader watched the two pilots as they took off and landed during the training drill and called them “flowers of the sky.”

"He highly appreciated them, saying that the girls' solo flight of supersonic fighters in which it is hard for men to fly is a success to be proud of in the world," KCNA reported.

North Korea created a female aviation unit in 1993, but women were only recently allowed to fly advanced fighter jets. The female pilots were flying Soviet-era MiG-21 supersonic jets, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency.

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