Thursday, April 9, 2020

Circuit breaker Day 3 pix: Republic of Singapore Air Force RSAF Super Skyhawks in Cazaux

A sight never to be seen again: Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) TA-4SU Super Skyhawks and A-4SU Super Skyhawks in Cazaux, France, where they served 150 Squadron as Advanced Jet Trainers.

The RSAF shipped 18 Skyhawks to France in 1998 by sea with 10 twin-seat variants outnumbering the single-seat A-4s. Fun fact: 150 Squadron continued to fly its Super Skyhawks years after RSAF Skyhawks made their "last flight" in Singapore on 31 March 2005.

I visited Cazaux years ago when Skyhawks were still active to see the AJTs in action. RSAF 150 SQN now flies the Alenia Aermacchi M-346 Advanced Jet Trainer which was inaugurated by Defence Minister Dr Ng Eng Hen in September 2014. In July 2018, the RSAF and the French Air Force marked the 20th anniversary of 150 Squadron at Cazaux Air Base.

Cazaux detachment: We have not forgotten you in this COVID-19 pandemic. That I can assure you. Am glad the MRTTs are back in SG and that SQ has a sizeable number of A380s and 777s on hot standby.

1 comment:

D-Boy said...

Quick question here: Do we own the M-346s or are they leased from a training providing (Boeing, no)?