Young, aspiring pilots are giving it their best shot to realize long-cherished dreams of maneuvering cutting-edge, Russian-made Su-30MK2 fighter jets. >> ‘Lair’ of Vietnam’s ‘King Cobra’ fighter jets – P3: A live-ammunition drill >> ‘Lair’ of Vietnam’s ‘King Cobra’ fighter jets – P2: Striking at night >> ‘Lair’ of Vietnam’s ‘King Cobra’ fighter jets – P1: A country prepared The 935 Fighter Jet Regiment, stationed in Bien Hoa City, around 30 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City, is currently home to more than a dozen pilots in their early or late 20s. According to Colonel Tran Van Dung, the regiment’s chief, his unit has recently trained fresh graduates in flying Su-30MK2 jets instead of having them try their hands at three or four less challenging warplanes before moving on to the ‘King Cobra’ variety. Among them is Tran Thanh Luan, 27, who graduated top of his class from the Air Defense-Air Force Academy with the highest score since the academy’s foundation. He and his peers were the first batch of six fresh graduates selected by the Ministry of Defense for training with Su-30MK2s. They trained at the 935 Fighter Jet Regiment, the first in Vietnam that owns and operates an…
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