Monday, 20 February 2012

Singapore Airshow 2012

Singapore Airshow 2012 was held at Changi Exhibition Centre, Aviation Park Road (behind Changi International Airport) from 14 - 19 February 2012 ( 14 - 17 Feb 2012 being open for trade visitors only).   

I would like to place on record that I am grateful to India High Commission for having extended 2 trade invitations to my wife and I for this year's airshow.   I easily go nuts over planes and ships.   I had a field day clicking away on Friday, 17 February 2012 :

Approaching the Static Display on board a buggy cart provided near the entrance to the exhibition proper.

Bird's Eye-view of Static Display

RSAF "Peace Triton" Sikorsky S-70B Seahawk Naval Helicopter
It is part of the SAF's first naval helicopter squadron (123 Squadron) inaugurated on 18 January 2011 to undertake anti-surface and anti-submarine missions at longer ranges.
Ha !   Yet to get my licence.
See me in the reflection ?

Side-view of the cabin for Tactical Coordination Officer (TACCO) and Sensor Operator (SENSO).   The TACCO monitors the sensors on board the helicopter such as the APS 143 Surveillance Radar to provide input for tactical manoeuvring while the SENSO is in charge of operating the dipping sonar.

The section behind the black seats of above picture.

Another angle of the rear section.   The white seat is to the left of the black seat i.e. close to the edge for better monitoring and control of the operations.

RSAF AH-64 Apache Longbow Attack Helicopter

Each costs about S$26.3 million, and is armed with Hellfire missiles for precision strikes under all weather conditions.   It was once touted as the most technologically advanced attack helicopter in the world.  Hope it still is.

Royal Australian Air Force C-130 Hercules

Left flank of RAAF C-130J Hercules.

Looking at the propeller from another angle.

A shot of the rear ramp.

Look at the sleeping berths in the centre.

Side panel near ramp.

Undeniably spacious for the pilots too !

More than I can manage with my ten figures and two eyes !

Perfect vision on a hot sunny day from the cock-pit.

A console near the cock-pit.   I thought it might interest you.  No?

RSAF   F-15SG   Eagle

The afterburners of the F-15SG Eagle.   The 149 Squadron was inaugurated on 5 April 2010.   The multi-role fighter aircraft is a variant of the F-15 Eagle, and is one of the most capable combat planes in the world.   It is equipped with state-of-art avionics and a sophisticated integrated sensor suite.

RSAF   F16D   Fighting Falcon Aircraft

RSAF G550-AEW Aircraft
The Gulfstream 550 Airborne Early Warning aircraft has a sophisticated mission suite that includes an Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar.

It is able to detect, identify and track aerial targets. The G550-AEW aircraft has a longer detection range than the E2C Hawkeye - more than 200 nautical miles. 

Royal Air Force Military Aircraft

U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker (Young Tigers)

Notice the tanker's flying boom at the tail-end of the Boeing aircraft.   The primary air fuel transfer method is controlled by an operator stationed at the rear of the fuselage.

Other Military Aircraft On Static Display

RMAF   MiG-29N
RSAF Heron 1   (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle)

Executive Jets and Other Commercial Aircraft

Boeing's 787 Dreamliner on display for trade visitors only.

SIA Boeing 747 fleet to be phased out by April 2012 after 4 decades.

Hong Kong Firm Director/Actor Jackie Chan's Executive Jet Legacy 650.

Interesting Models on Display

Unexpected Encounter at Indoor Exhibition


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