- First-hand experience of the robust capabilities of T-50 and the ROKAF pilot training system
Lt Gen Jouas, the commander of the 7th Air Force, has flown the ROKAF trainer T-50 on June 26th at ROKAF 1st Fighter Wing.
The T-50 flight had been planned to deepen the commander’s understanding of the superb capabilities of an advanced trainer T-50 as an Air Component Commander, as well as to share the experience of ROKAF’s pilot training program.
General Jouas has mainly flown F-16 and F-15, and has a flight record of over 3,100 hours. The general took off alongside ROKAF Maj Cheon, the flight commander of 189th training squadron, and self-handedly conducted various maneuvers including simple turn, loop, and split-S, actual maneuvers that pilot trainees practice.
After the mission, General Jouas has given a thumbs-up, stating “The T-50 is a trainer with excellent performance and stability, well-suited for training top class pilots. I was very impressed by its capabilities.”
General Jouas graduated from the US Air Force Academy in 1979, and had assumed various positions including the vice commander of Air Force ISR Agency, special assistant to the PACAF Commander, prior to assuming the current position as the 7th Air Force Commander in January, 2012. At a recent press interview, he mentioned Korea as the “best station in my military career.”