1 December 2016
The Philippine Air Force welcomes the second batch of a dozen fighter planes ordered from South Korea in a deal worth 18.9 billion.
The fighter jet which landed at Clark airport before noon on Thursday displayed a diamond formation reminiscent of the old glory days of the air force used to be done on the erstwhile F-5 fleet.
The arrival of two more FA-50 (tail #3 and #4) raises the number of existing jets of the Philippine Air Force to four. They were piloted by two South Koreans from Korean Aerospace and arrived at Clark Air Base around 11:41 a.m. and 11:42 a.m., respectively.
The two fighter jets left South Korea on Nov. 29 and reached Kaohsiung, Taiwan, yesterday. It then proceeded to Clark airport around 10:10 a.m. and were met by the first two FA-50s with tail numbers 0001 and 002 over Pangasinan. They made a diamond formation over Clark Air Base and were met with a water cannon salute when they landed.
The rest of the fighter jet is expected to be delivered on a staggered basis until 2018.