Friday, October 28, 2016

Torrent alternate runway exercise preview: Last Republic of Singapore Air Force A-4 Skyhawk to land on a road

In November 2002, Exercise Torrent V marked the last time Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Super Skyhawks landed on the 2,500m long alternate runway. The exercise involving converting the 24m wide six-lane carriageway Lim Chu Kang Road to an improvised airstrip in about 48 hours.

RSAF A-4SU Super Skyhawk 926 was the last of two A-4SUs (its wingman was 969) to touch down.

Each Super Skyhawk that flew during Ex Torrent V deployed its drag chute and opened its airbrakes upon landing to slow down the warplane on the alternate runway.

On 1 April 2005, the RSAF's A-4 Skyhawks were officially stood down.

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