Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Organizer confirms absence of Republic of Korea T-50 jets from air show

There will be no aerobatic T-50 jets performing at the upcoming biennial air show held in south China's Guangdong Province, an organizer confirmed on Wednesday.

Zhou Zuode, general manager of the Zhuhai Airshow Company and one of the organizers, said at a press conference that, except for a verbal notice, they still have not received any formal cancellation notice from the Black Eagles Aerobatic Team of the Republic of Korea (ROK), according to a report from China News Service (CNS).

Zhou said he felt "very regretful" about the sudden cancellation, adding that similar situations in the past were mostly due to weather, deployment of aircraft and pilot health.

A Tuesday report from China Military Online said the ROK military had planned to participate in the air show in June. The aerobatic team of the ROK Air Force even assigned a C130 Hercules transport plane to the Baiyun Airport in Guangzhou in preparation for the show.

The last-minute cancellation by the Black Eagles Aerobatic Team leaves only three teams for the exhibition this year.

The planned performance would have been the team's first show in China. The CNS report said the team flies T-50 supersonic jets, jointly produced by U.S. defense giant Lockheed Martin and Korea Aerospace Industries.

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