RSAF's creative marshalling earns praise

RSAF's creative marshalling earns praise

SINGAPORE - You can't say our chaps in the air force are stiff - not from the picture of this air marshal with the Republic of Singapore Air Force.

The man at the centre of the breakdancing routine on the runway while launching a fighter jet is ME1 Tan Wen Kai.

A video clip has been making the rounds on social media.

The air force calls it "creative marshalling".

In a Facebook post yesterday, it said: "Marshalling is the visual communication between ground crew and pilot to launch the aircraft or to guide it to the correct parking position.

ME1 Tan executed his creative marshalling moves with a F-15SG, as part of a planned exercise segment during the recent Exercise Pitch Black in Darwin, Australia.

"Creative marshalling is a tradition for many fighter squadrons and is deliberately scheduled into long exercises and during competitions to boost the morale of both the air and ground crew," read the post. "Due planning and supervision are given to ensure that the creative marshalling is operationally safe."

It concluded by saying that "we agree that ME1 Tan's break-dance marshalling moves are pretty cool and creative!"

This article was first published on September 4, 2014.
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