20th Anniversary of Fulcrum Service

SHAH ALAM: A ceremony was held to mark the 20th anniversary of the Fulcrum service in RMAF at the Kuantan air base on Friday. As usual the ceremony was by invitation only.

The 20th year anniversary was not only a milestone but as the question remains over the plane’s retirement, this year’s event was somewhat poignant.

Whatever your opinion about the Fulcrums, it was a career booster for anyone who had ever flown it, especially for those who rose to command the two squadrons, the 17th and 19th (now dormant). Tan Sri Rodzali Daud, the Fuclrum project leader, was the previous air force chief, while two members of the four man team, Lt Jen Datuk Seri Affandi Bujang and Lt Jen Datuk Seri Ackbal Samad are the deputy chief of RMAF and Air Operations chief (respectively).

Both generals were present at the 20th anniversary ceremony. Apart from the get-together of former pilots and ground crew, a dinner was also held to mark the anniversary.

RMAF Mig-29N M43-08 at its QRA hangar in 2014.
RMAF Mig-29N M43-08 at its QRA hangar in 2014.

Affandi was the leader of the Smokey Bandits, the Fulcrum air display team, while Ackbal who was the first 17th Sqdn CO is credited with developing the Mig-29N simulator which is still operational in Kuantan.

There is two version of the simulator, a cockpit procedural trainer (picture below) and the full mission simulator which is used to train complex air-to-air scenario.

The Mig-29 simulator that was developed in-house by RMAF. This is the basic cockpit procedural trainer.
The Mig-29 simulator that was developed in-house by RMAF. This is the basic cockpit procedural trainer.

Watch the MIG-29 QRA demonstration at Kuantan Air base.

— Malaysian Defence

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