PICTURES: Indonesia and Singapore air forces' F-16s in joint formations

September 07, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

7 Sep 2017 - Not everyday that 20 F-16s from two countries get to formate together. Indonesia F-16A/C/Ds and Singapore F-16C/Ds fly the '50' formation during the RISING50 celebrations to mark 50 years of bilateral ties. © Roy Choo Indonesia and Singapore Air Forces' F-16s fly jointly in the '50' formation. © Roy Choo

As part of celebrations to mark 50 years of bilateral ties between Indonesia and Singapore dubbed "RISING50" the Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Darat TNI–AU) and the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) flew in separate and joint formations over the Marina Bay area on 7 September. Witnessed by leaders and dignitaries from both countries, the F-16s flew in unilateral "Arrowhead" formations and jointly in a "50" formation. A "bomb-burst" manoeuvre by RSAF F-15SGs concluded the display.

The digit '5' is made up by the TNI-AU F-16s while the RSAF flew in the '0'. © Roy Choo

Like all relationships, the half century of relations had its ups and downs. There were episodes of great cooperation and assistance in the economic, social and defence realms but also periods of friction and tension between both countries. There being much fractional rivalry in Indonesian politics, and the small geographical size and vulnerability of Singapore often lead to each side pursuing different tangents that have adverse effects on relations. The Indonesia-Singapore relationship will only stay strong and continue to prosper in the next 50 years through cool-headed decision-making and the commitment to seek cooperation and mutual benefits by leaders on both sides of the Straits of Singapore.

7 Sep 2017 - RSAF 140 and 143 Squadron-marked F-16C/Ds in the 'Arrowhead' formation. © Roy Choo RSAF F-16s from 140 and 143 Squadrons in the 'Arrowhead' formation, led by the F-16D flown by the Commanding Officer of 140 Squadron and the Chief of Air Force in the back-seat. © Roy Choo

The TNI-AU 'Arrowhead' is represented by F-16A/C/Ds from Skadron Udara 3 & 16 based out from Iswahyudi and Roesmin Nurjadin Air Bases. © Roy Choo The TNI-AU is represented by F-16A/C/Ds from Skadron Udara 3 and 16 based out from Iswahyudi and Roesmin Nurjadin Air Bases. © Roy Choo


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