SINGAPORE: The first day of the Singapore Airshow 2018 started with a bang, literally. One of the eight KAI T-50s of the ROKAF Black Eagles flipped and landed on its side at Changi airpport as it was taking off for the first day flight display performance.
The airport fire team managed to douse the fire on the aircraft and helped the pilot to escape. He was reportedly taken to hospital with minor injuries. Initial reports suggested the aircraft had a blew a tire during take off roll leading to the incident. There is no word yet whether the display team will continue with their show in the next five days of the show.
The RSAF 50th anniversary team, two F-16Cs and F-15SG doing aerial display. A little faster I would have gotten the perfect shot.
As the Black Eagles was the last aerial display for the day, it did not had any effect on the others, namely the F-15G and F-16 trio, Juoiter display team and the solo ones involving the F-16 (PACAF), Gripen (RTAF) and Sukhoi (RMAF).
RMAF Sukhoi Su-30MKM seemed to hang in the air as the flare does.
As for the Sukhoi, only two are involved in the show, one for the display while the other one as a spare.
Two US Marines F-35Bs were on static together with two F-22 (not seen)
Anyhow, it is likely that Airbus and PTDI will work together to offer the C295 to meet the RMAF requirements. Further details are expected to be known in a couple of days.
One of the two newly delivered S-70B Sea Hawks on static at the show
And currently there is no RMAF requirement for the LCA. As I was busy chasing other things at the show, posted below is an interview with the RMAF display pilot.
RMAF A400M on the static display.
Interview with AIN online with the Sukhoi pilots.
After its 2016 debut, the Royal Malaysian Air Force Sukhoi Su-30MKM returns to the Singapore Airshow with an improved routine and added features. The display team is from 11 Squadron, based in RMAF Gong Kedak, Terengganu, Malaysia.
“Based on our experience in 2016, we have taken into consideration the size of the show center and wind patterns, and have designed our profile within 0.7 miles, which is very tight,” reported Lt. Col. Mohd Faizal bin Abu Bakar, one of the display pilots. He is joined by weapon system officer, Maj. Mohd Afian bin Abdullah.
“We are almost pushing the Su-30MKM to its limits, but it is at its most optimal. We can go tighter, but the weather here is very unpredictable and changes very fast. Our situational awareness has to be very high,” he said. ”Thankfully we have been training in bad weather back home, and we have good training,” he added.
“We conduct these maneuvers in our operational training, just that it is at a low level here,” he said.
Deployment of flares and extended “engine idle time” during the crowd favorite Tail Slide and Cobra maneuver are among the new features in the performance, Faizal said. .
“The main purpose here is not a competition of skills but rather establishing and improving military ties with other countries here,” he added.
Indeed the Flanker display is the one to see at the show though it must said that the aerial display are excellent as well. It is simply the Flanker seemed to have the extra flair in aerial displays.
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