PETALING JAYA: Pictured below is four RMAF MiG-29 Fulcrum flying in a diamond formation above the Butterworth Airbase on Nov 30, 2011. The Fulcrums are training for Lima 2011 scheduled to start on Dec 6, 2011.
What is interesting about the picture is that three of the Fulcrums is carrying an ACMI pod each on the left wing. I have no idea why the birds were carrying these pods usually used during Top Gun-style exercise. Usually when the Fulcrums does aerobatic displays they carried no stores at all, not even a smoke generator (their engines are smoky enough!).
Perhaps they are using the pods for AAR after training or the three pilots are in need of combat training and since they are over at Butterworth why not use that time to get the training under their belt? RMAF had contracted the ACMI training system to Aerotree Defence and Services Sdn Bhd. Incidentally Aerotree is also the title sponsor for the KrisSakti aerial display team set to make its debut during Lima.
If you know why they are using the pods (or those are not ACMI pods!) please drop me a line.
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