PREVIEW: RSAF Open House 2016

May 18, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Open House returns to Paya Lebar Air Base over the weekend of 21 and 22 May after a five-year hiatus. Although reduced in scale compared to the previous open houses, perennial favourites a static display of at least one of each type of the locally-based fleet, a demonstration of airpower by F-15SGs and F-16Cs, as well as joyrides on a number of RSAF aircraft types are still set to thrill visitors. Here are some sneaks of what's in store at the event:

A pair of F-15SG Eagles conduct a simultaneous take-off whilst on a mock scramble. Aircraft serial 8325 is departing on a parallel taxiway, demonstrating the RSAF's ability to get its fighters into the air in the shortest possible time. © Roy Choo
16 May 2016 - A Flight Engineer looks out over the ramp of CH-47SD Chinook serial 88199 as it conducts a low-level high speed run off the northern coast of Singapore. © Roy Choo  Joyrides will be offered to winners of a ballot on one of the following three: C-130, Fokker 50 and the CH-47. Here, a Flight Engineer looks out over the ramp of a CH-47SD Chinook as it conducts a low-level high speed run off the northern coast of Singapore. © Roy Choo

Weapon Load Crews demonstrate the arming of an F-15SG in the quickest possible time, a valuable skill when warbirds are required for speedy turnarounds during sustained combat operations. © Roy Choo

The 142 'Gryphon' Squadron insignia on F-15SG serial 8320 is publicly revealed at the event, this time fully painted as opposed to the sticker that had been affixed previously. © Roy Choo

Photographers of aircraft on static display will have to content with numerous tentages set up to provide relief from the sun for visitors waiting to climb into the cockpits — on top of their traditional bugbear, the boarding ladders. © Roy Choo


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