Visual treat for aviation buffs at RSAF Open House 2011
Report and pictures by Paul Jansen
Military aircraft fans and aviation-lovers thronged Paya Lebar Air Base in Singapore on May 28 and 29. They were invited by the Republic of Singapore Air Force for the annual Open House and were not disappointed.
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The static displays showed the latest fighter additions to the force here, such as the F-15SG Eagles, alongside the stalwarts such as the F-16s. Visitors were also given opportunities to touch these and others in the air force fleets such as the Gulfstream G550 airborne early warning aircraft, whose two Rolls Royce BR710-C4-11 engines generate 15,385 lbs thrust. It replaced the E2C Hawkeye. Nearby, sat a Boeing KC135R Stratotanker which, when not acting as an airborne fuel station, can carry 83,000 lbs of cargo or 57 passengers. Rotary-winged aircraft were in abundance too, including the M1 Superpuma which can take 24 passngers. Also on display, both in the static area and in a partial “live” demonstration, were some of the force’s surface-to-air missile systems. These included the Rapier Blindfire with a range of 7.2 km and the Spyder which has a 15 km effective range.