THE Philippine Air Force will soon be flying supersonic aircraft with the delivery of the first batch of FA-50 fighter jets before the year ends.
Last week, Air Force commander Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Delgado “co-piloted” the supersonic aircraft that took off at Sancheon Air Base, South Korea.
The jet, piloted by a Korean, flew at Mach 1.2 or around 1,482 kilometers per hour earning for himself a “Mach Buster Plaque” for breaking the sound barrier of Mach 1.0, according to Air Force spokesman Col. Enrico Canaya.
Three pilots from the Air Defense Wing were trained in South Korea on how to handle the aircraft.
“Mach1 is speed of sound and 1.2 is faster than the speed of sound so that’s supersonic flight and we do not have that kind of aircraft in our inventory after the decommissioning ng F5, so its the comeback of jet and supersonic age of the [Philippine] air force,” Canaya said.
The Department of National Defense sealed the jet acquisition contract with Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) last year at a cost of P18.9 billion.|