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VIDEO: view of Avalon from KC-30A taking off

Last week at the Avalon air show I had a unique opportunityto fly aboard the RAAF’s new KC-30A while it conducted the air-to-airrefuelling of two F/A-18C aircraft.  I wassuper busy at the show, so only now do I have the chance to post my photos anda video of the trip. Riding the KC-30A (AKA Airbus […]

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French Miss: Dassault ducks India Defexpo

What should be one’s first order of business after achieving L1 status in India‘s Medium Multirole Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) competition? Miss a major defence trade show in New Delhi, of course. After all, it is only the fighter deal of the century. Following the MMRCA short listing last April, which saw the Gripen, F/A-18 E/F, […]

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SGA2012: Saying a sad goodbye to SIA’s 747s

As a young boy who dreamed of flying around the world, I had a fixation with the Concorde and the Boeing 747. Even now, just talking about these two beautiful aircraft or writing about them brings a silly smile to my face. I never flew on the Concorde, although I got a photo of myself […]

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SGA2012: RSAF unveils the first F-15SG, F-16C joint display

Yet again I’m impressed by the creativity displayed by oneof the region’s air forces in putting together a flying display to impress bothfrequent air show visitors and the the general public. The RSAF plans on teaming its new F-15SG with an F-16C in ajoint aerobatics display, certainly an unusual teaming of aircraft. A few hoursago […]

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SGA2012: So many aircraft, so little time.

Flightglobal’s plans for the Singapore Airshow 2012 arewell afoot. Looks like it’s going to be a super busy week on the defenceside. There will be two of us coveringit, myself (@asiajetwatch) and my colleague @sivag. Unfortunately, as is always the case at air shows, a lot ofthe briefings clash with each other and with individual […]

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SGA2012: Manufacturers line up orders for Singapore Airshow

The Singapore Airshow is not normally one where aircraft manufacturers save up orders. Yet, there has been some interesting chatter about what we can expect in less than a fortnight at the Changi Exhibition Centre. Bombardier should confirm that Garuda will buy their CRJ regional jets, while ATR and Airbus are expected to announce some […]

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Singapore Air Show revs up

Spotted some Singapore Air Show posters at Changi AirportMRT station. Quite like the clever ‘Top Fun’ movie theme they’ve adopted forthe show, although those two Leopard II tanks look as if they are about to rundown that family. Also checked the Air Show web site and so far there is noindication that the two F-22s […]

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VIDEO: vintage TV show about RSAF

While researching my features that will run in FlightInternational the week of the Singapore Air Show, I came across this cool retrovideo of a 1988 Singapore TV series about the RSAF.  There is some good footage of a number oftypes, including the F-5 and A-4. Surprisingly the F-16 doesn’t make anappearance – perhaps at the […]

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PICTURES: KC-30A at LIMA; A330 MRTT for Singapore?

One of the highest profile aircraft at last week’s LIMA showwas the RAAF Airbus KC-30A (A330 multi role tanker transport). This was thefirst time the aircraft travelled abroad under the Australian flag. Its crewprovided a comprehensive update of the type’s introduction into RAAF service. During the show the aircraft received delegations fromSingapore, Indonesia, and Malaysia. […]

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Langkawi high: one hour as a Super Hornet jock

Taking off in the backseat of a Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet is,for lack of a better word, awesome. As the afterburners light up the runwayraces by on both sides. Your back presses hard against the ejection seat andthings seem to happen very, very fast. Courtesy of Boeing I had the chance to experience this verysensation […]

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