RSAF Black Knights flying high Down Under

RSAF Black Knights flying high Down Under
SHOWCASE: Apart from the two performing F-16C jets, the RSAF also sent another F-16C fighter aircraft, two Super Puma helicopters and two PC-21 trainer aircraft for static display.

Two F-16C jets from the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) wowed spectators on Tuesday as part of the 12th Australian International Airshow and Aerospace and Defence Exposition.

It was the first time in the biennial air show's 23-year history that a foreign military formation performed, reported aviation magazine Australian Aviation.

The show was held at Avalon Airport in Victoria.

Painted in striking red and white, the two jets from RSAF's Black Knights aerobatic display team flew the Singapore flag proudly with a crescent moon and five stars emblazoned on their fuselages.

The jets dazzled the crowd with their aerial prowess, performing difficult manoeuvres such as the Mirror Pass, where the two planes fly parallel to each other, and Barrel Rolling, where one jet flies straight while another flies around its tailsmoke, creating a corkscrew effect.

On Saturday, the F-16C fighter aircraft also took part in a flypast during the Last Post Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

The flypast was held in remembrance of the Australians who fought and died in Singapore during World War II.

In total, the RSAF sent three F-16C fighter aircraft, two Super Puma helicopters and two PC-21 trainer aircraft to the air show.

Some 600 companies from more than two dozen countries are showcasing their wares at the show.

About 100 government, military and scientific delegations are also attending, on top of 27 major conferences staged in conjunction with the event, reported US newspaper Defence News.

CLOSE TIES

A Mindef press release stated: "The RSAF's participation in the Avalon Airshow 2015 underscores the close and long-standing defence relations between Singapore and Australia.

"The excellent defence ties between both air forces are also evident through regular interactions across a broad spectrum of activities, which includes professional exchanges, cross-attendance of courses and the RSAF's participation in Exercise Pitch Black, a multilateral exercise hosted by the Royal Australian Air Force."

The air show, which started on Tuesday, will run till Sunday and is expected to attract more than 180,000 visitors.

ngodwin@sph.com.sg


This article was first published on Feb 26, 2015.
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