Black Eagles, RIAT 2012 - ©Nigel Key
The Republic of Korea Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Black Eagles, was formed full-time in December 1994.
Since 2010 they have flown eight KAI T-50B Golden Eagle supersonic advanced trainer jets. The aircraft are painted in black, yellow and white colours.
They are part of the 8th Fighter Wing of the Republic of Korea Air Force, and based at Wonju AB, in Gangwon province.
The Republic of Korea Air Force Aerobatic Team was originally founded in October 1953 flying four P-51 Mustang aircraft. In October 1956, a new display team was formed as the 'T-33A Show Flight Team'. A new team was formed in October 1959 with four F-86 Sabre aircraft called the 'Blue Sabre'. They were disbanded in 1966.
The 'Black Eagles' were formed in 1967 with seven Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighters, and the team was disbanded in 1978. The 'Black Eagles' were re-formed full-time in December 1994 and flew six Cessna A-37B Dragonfly aircraft. They were disbanded in 2007 but later re-formed in August 2009 in eight new KAI T-50B Golden Eagle supersonic advanced trainer jets.
The 'Black Eagles' visited the UK in 2012 and were awarded the Boeing Trophy for best display at the RAF Waddington International Air Show. They also displayed at the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford in 2012 winning the King Hussein Memorial Sword, for the " 'Best Overall Flying Demonstration' and the 'As The Crow Flies Trophy'.