If you were lucky enough to be in the Marina Bay South area on Tuesday (Sep 5) afternoon, you could have caught a spectacular event happening in Singapore’s skies.
Some time between 2.30pm and 3pm, bystanders on the ground were treated to the majestic sight (and sounds) of 20 Singapore and Indonesian F-16 fighter jets flying overhead in formations depicting arrowheads followed by the number 50.
The Indonesians formed the digit “5” while Singapore formed the digit “0”.
And in an novel move, the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) went “live” on Facebook with an extremely clear view captured from the cockpit of one of Singapore’s 10 F-16C/D aircraft.
The Facebook video provided a rare look at a coordinated flypast formation from a RSAF pilot’s viewpoint – and it really made viewers feel like they were right there in the cockpit.
And turn up that sound because you’ll get a realistic feel of what the aircraft sounds like in flight, as the pilot hears it.
Flying an aircraft perfectly in a formation is no easy feat. This video also showed how a military pilot monitors his surroundings while controlling and manoeuvring the aircraft to travel on path.
The flypast over Sentosa and Marina South was held as part of a rehearsal for a commemoration event marking 50 years of bilateral relations between Singapore and Indonesia on Sep 7.
On Thursday, Indonesian Air Force’s (TNI-AU) 10 F-16 aircraft and RSAF’s own fleet will soar past the bay area again on that day.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Indonesian President Joko Widodo, who will both be attending the Singapore-Indonesia Leaders’ Retreat, will watch the display from the Marina Bay Cruise Centre.
At the end of the display, five RSAF F-15SGs will execute a bomb-burst manoeuvre as a salute to both nations, The Straits Times reported.
Participants of the combined flypast will then attend a celebration at the Roesmin Nurjadin Air Force Base in Pekanbaru, Indonesia.