SINGAPORE -- The Changi exhibition centre is slow today, but filling up rapidly. The Singapore Airshow 2010 officially opens here tomorrow. We'll see a couple of interesting things here this week. The F-111 could make perhaps its final appearance outside Australia, which is retiring the venerable fighter-bomber later this year. Meanwhile, the US Air Force has allowed the A-10 to come out and play for the first time at an Asian air show.
Armed with a media pass and a Sony Webbie HD camera, I walked the static line and exhibit halls this morning looking for anything new or interesting. I found a few interesting things, which are profiled in the video above. In order of appearance after my narrated clip, you'll see:
- Singapore's G550 conformal airborne early warning (CAEW), making its first public appearance [read full story],
- Lockheed Martin's F-35 mock-up in Singapore colors,
- Boeing F-15SG simulator,
- CATIC's line-up of Chinese fighters and UAVs, including (right to left) FC-1, L-15, JF-17, Y-8 and ASN-206,
- IAI's mock-up for a new Boeing 767 multi-role tanker transport,
- IAI's Bird Eye 650 UAV, the first time I've seen this aircraft.