The Hare Wynn Foundation was a primary sponsor of the grand opening of The Korean War Jets Exhibit at theSouthern Museum of Flight on Friday, March 5, 2010. The exhibit highlights the defection of Lt. No Kum Sok (Kenneth Rowe), a 21-year old, elite North Korean Air Force pilot, as well as the historic events that transpired following the defection. The unique diorama display of Kimpo Air Force Base in South Korea features two of the primary fighter jets that became adversaries during the Korean War era the F-86 Sabre and the MiG-15.
On hand for the historic celebrations were the former North Korean pilot Kenneth Rowe (Lt. No Kum Sok), Alabama Aviation Hall of Fame member and F-86 pilot John Lowery and Tom Feltman, one of the first airmen to arrive on the scene at Kimpo on that September morning in 1953. This turned out to be one of the most significant stories in American aviation. For the first time, a rare and illusive MiG-15 fighter jet was in the hands of the United States Military following the defection of a North Korean pilot.
The Hare Wynn Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization formed to serve the charitable initiatives of Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton, LLP. The individuals and families behind the Hare Wynn Foundation are committed to serving the children, service members, seniors and those in need in Alabama.
See a FOX6 interview with Kenneth Rowe here.