SHAH ALAM: Butterworth Airbase Open Day, Sept 8. Selamat Menyambut Hari Kebangsaan ke 61. As per the title of this post, RMAF will hold an open day at the Butterworth airbase this Sept. 8. As it is an open day it will only be held on that day.
Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu is scheduled to officiate the open day. Among the programs scheduled for the day are marching band and drumline performances as well as aircraft on static display.
A400M M54-04 and the five Hornets bound for Darwin lined up for the sending off ceremony on July 24. It is likely the open day will be held here next to the engineering hangar.
Two air displays are scheduled – one in the morning shortly after the opening ceremony, around 10am and an afternoon one at 1.45pm. Aircraft based at Buterworth are expected for the air displays, the Boeing F/A-18D Hornet, BAE Systems Hawk Mk 108/208s and the Nuri. RMAF Paskau troopers are also expected to conduct parachute jumps to kick start both displays.
A Hornet taking off from Butterworth airbase on July 24.
No details of the air displays have been released but I expect formation and solo displays from the Hornet and Hawk squadrons, 18 and 15 respectively.
A view of the apron next to the engineering hangar of Butterworth airbase, the likely location of the open day venue.
For those who want to take pictures of the displays, the afternoon one is perhaps the best time to do it as the sun will be from behind. One could still take pictures of the morning display if only to prepare for the afternoon display.
Its time to buzz the tower. A RMAF Hawk 208 peel over the airbase after the RMAF RAAF anniversary flypast. in late June, 2018
There is no word yet on the open day planned for Kuching. I will write a post on it once details are out.
Two RMAF Hawk 208s 04 and 06 getting ready to take off for the RMAF-RAAF anniversary flypast. This picture was taken in the morning facing the sun.
By the way posted below are some video screenshots from the Merdeka Parade rehersals on June 29. I did not go for the Merdeka parade today but basically this are the flypasts performed by RMAF and other government agencies.
After the formation flypast, the Hawks, Hornets and Flankers flew over the Merdeka parade venue but they were too fast for me to get a proper focus from my video camera.
Edited, to show new afternoon display time
— Malaysian Defence