Former Smokey Bandits Leader is RMAF Deputy Chief

SHAH ALAM: Former Smokey Bandits team leader, LT Jen Datuk Seri Affendi Buang, has assumed the post of Deputy Chief of the Royal Malaysian Air Force. He took over from Datuk Seri Che Akmar Mohd Nor who is retiring.

Affendi served as the Smokey Bandits team leader from LIMA 1997 to at least LIMA 2003.

RMAF official website listed Affendi, 53, who was until recently the RMAF Air Operations commander, as the service’s Deputy Chief as of Friday. (August 21, 2015).

Lt Jen Datuk Seri Affendi Buang.
Lt Jen Datuk Seri Affendi Buang.

However, RMAF have yet to announce Affendi’s replacement as the Operations Chief. Affendi joined the RMAF in 1981 and completed his flight training in 1983. Apart from the Mig-29 Fulcrums, Affendi callsign Apai initially flew the Aermacchi MB-339A and the Douglas A4TPM Skyhawk.

On March 25, 1988, Affendi who was then a Lieutenant ejected from his A-4 Skyhawk jet fighter over the jungle in Kuala Lipis, Pahang

Affendi were among the four pilots who were part of the Fulcrum project team which include former RMAF chief Tan Sri Rodzali Daud and Joint Force commander Lt Jen Datuk Seri Ackbal Abdul Samad.

Lt Jen Affendi receving a flight helmet as a memento from current 19th Sqn CO Lt Kol Sebastian William (right) in May, 2015. Picture from Kelab Penyokong TUDM Facebook.
Lt Jen Affendi receving a flight helmet as a memento from current 17th Sqn CO Lt Kol Sebastian William (right) in May, 2015. Picture from Kelab Penyokong TUDM Facebook.

Both Fulcrum pilots are featured in this video below taken in 2014.

Like Affendi, the current CO of 17th Squadron Lt Kol Sebastian A. William, had also ejected from his aircraft. Unlike the general, William was flying an Aermacchi in the 1996 incident.

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