Thursday, May 26, 2011

RSAF Open House 2011: Republic of Singapore Air Force Air Combat Command fast jets set to wow visitors with aerial display and mock attacks; aerial display underscores close cooperation with Singapore Army

With a Mechanized Igla anti-aircraft missile fire unit standing by like a guardian, a F-15SG Strike Eagle roars off the main runway at Paya Lebar Airbase.

Visitors to this weekend's RSAF Open House will get to see how the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) deals with aerial intruders with its F-15SG fighter jets and F-16C Fighting Falcon interceptors. The Air Force will also demonstrate a mock attack and show how its Chinook and Super Puma helicopters conduct Joint Operations with the Singapore Army with Apache attack helicopters as escorts.

Star performers include the Army's Red Lions Commando freefall parachute team, a C-130 Hercules and the Singapore Youth Flying Club's new generation DA40 trainer planes.

There will be two Aerial Displays on Saturday and Sunday. The 30-minute displays are set to take place at 1100hrs and 1630hrs.

* The morning show faces east. Aircraft and helicopters may be backlit as camera lenses will face the morning sun.

* Ear plugs are essential. Trust me on this one.

* The 5,000 seat spectator gallery will fill up 30 minutes or more before showtime. Shutterbugs should grab their seats early as they fill up fast.

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