Sunday, June 13, 2010

F-15SG will Debut at This year's National Day Parade (NDP) Aerial Display

TWO planes fly parallel to each other, their wing tips just 300m apart.Each then crosses the other's flight path, and starts climbing swiftly.This thrilling move, called the shackle manoeuvre, will be performed by Singapore's latest and most advanced fighter jet, the F-15SG, which will debut at this year's National Day Parade (NDP) aerial display.

The jet will also showcase its agility by spiralling upwards in a combat turn over the Padang. Its pilot will experience up to nine times the force of gravity.Three F-15SG planes will also join five F-16 fighter aircraft to perform the traditional Presidential Salute. The F-15SGs will execute a fan-out manoeuvre, followed by the F-16s, which will perform a bomb burst with smoke trails.

Lieutenant-Colonel Kelvin Khong Boon Leong, who will be participating in an NDP flypast for the first time, will lead the F-15SG aerial display and the Presidential Salute.Said the 34-year-old, who will also carry out the combat turn: "I'm very excited. I've always wanted to be involved in the NDP and this is a dream come true."

Another plane making its maiden NDP performance is the Gulfstream G550-Airborne Early Warning (G550-AEW) aircraft.A G550-AEW will fly past the Padang at an altitude of 750m, escorted by four F-5 fighter jets.Lieutenant-Colonel Leong Chun Siu, 38, who will lead this formation, said: "We will be flying a little slower so spectators can take a good look at the aircraft and take photographs."Spectators will get to see 20 planes in this year's display, twice as many as last year's.

Radio 100.3 DJ Ken Low, who watches the NDP regularly and looks forward to the aerial display, said: "I remember a year when the planes were flying really close together, and I was amazed."You don't get to see such beautifully synchronised formations in the air or on the roads every day."


F15SG, the latest AESA-equipped F15E derivative!


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