PICTURE: Singapore F-15SG in new squadron markings
March 22, 2016 • Leave a Comment
F-15SG Eagle serial 8320 (FMS serial 05-0016) climbs out of Paya Lebar Air Base in an air-to-air configuration. Having worn the markings of 149 Sqn for over half a decade, the aircraft has now assumed the identity of the 'Gryphons'. © Eric Kuan (Click on image for high resolution version.)
As revealed in an IHS Jane's article by Mike Yeo on 21 March, the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) has stood up its second locally-based F-15SG Eagle squadron. First indication of the existence of the new squadron was when serial 8320 was observed on 11 March with the tail markings of 142 'Gryphon' Squadron. The aircraft was participating in a ceremonial flight commemorating the retirement of Chief of Air Force Major-General Hoo Cher Mou, who was in the backseat. Subsequently, a photo uploaded by the RSAF on its social media platforms also showed aircrew with 142 Sqn shoulder patches at Exercise Cope Tiger 2016.
142 Sqn was disestablished as the last operating A-4SU Super Skyhawk on 31 March 2005, and is understood to have been activated in early March as the second Singapore-based F-15SG unit after the 149 'Shikra' Sqn. It is not known if there are other F-15SGs in the markings of 142 Sqn, but generally, RSAF squadrons operating similar types pool their aircraft and do not operate in accordance to their unit markings.
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