Osan Airpower Day 2008

Written by admin on October 13, 2008 – 4:01 pm -

For the first time since 9-11, Osan AB once again opened its doors to the public for an airshow.

There wasn’t much of a crowd as we arrived fairly early and after we cleared security where they checked our passports and Korean ID we were on our way walking to the apron where all the static aircraft were parked.

Being at airshows early is a must if you plan to take photos of the various static displays since you can get very nice uncluttered shots.  Another bonus is not having to qeue for very long when visiting the cockpits of the various aircraft for a photo op such as the one depicted below.

The flight demonstration started promptly at 11:15 immediately after the Star Spangled Banner was sung. First off was the U2 flyby, followed by the PACAF F-16 Demo from Misawa Japan, then the A-10 West Coast Demo, and finally being capped off by a large scale CSAR (Combat Search and Rescue ) demo which showed how U.S. Forces train to rescue a downed airman behind enemy lines.

Also featured the Osan AB K-9 unit attacking an intruder. I’m amazed at how highly trained these guard dogs are, and although it may seem cruel what their jobs are, you can be rest assured that these animals are well loved by their handlers.

All in all I had a fun day and quite happy that my laziness didn’t get the better of me that day. As a bonus I was able to fill my craving of having a can or two of rootbeer (we all know that rootbeer is not readily available in the ROK) from one of the concession stands. 



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The sound of jets and smell of jet fuel

Written by admin on October 13, 2008 – 3:19 pm -

While walking through Songtan near OSAN AB I couldn’t help but notice and electronic billboard that first displayed noise. I had to do a double take as these kinds of signs normally showed the air quality, current weather conditions or pollution index. Not this one though. This billboard displayed the current Noise Pollution and also Vibration Index that were caused the the constant military aircraft activity at Osan Airbase. 

I’m speculating that these may be factors as to why real estate prices, specifically rentals are way cheaper in Osan. For instance, I saw a four bedroom house that was being rented for less than USD 3,000 / month. That is relatively cheap considering that a house of this size is bound to cost over USD 10,000/month in the Seoul. Most of the shops and taxi drivers spoke a decent bit of english. 

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