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Visit to RSAF Open House 2011

The RSAF Open House was back in action again from 28th to 29th May 2011, opened to the public for them to visit Paya Lebar Air Base and have a first hand view of the fighter planes, helicopters, defense systems and the technology of the Republic of Singapore Air Force. A popular event, there were many visitors coming to the RSAF Open House, families bringing their children, friends outing.

It’s not just about the different types of aircraft on display, from the mighty F15SG Eagle and F16D Fighting Falcon, to the Apache, Chinook and Super Puma, not something and often that people from ordinary walks of life can get up near and close up to them, it was definitely a crowd puller with many photographs taken with the big birds or queuing up to take a sit inside the cockpit of the fighter jets or visiting the inside of the aircraft.

The next major draw would be the aerial display, showcasing the strengths of the air force and how they combined with the army to counter enemy situations and fight together. A crowd puller, with fans lining up the sidelines of the runaway to watch the aerial display.Being on the other end of the runway, I was away from the “main action” area, I was however able to capture the big birds in action flying in to land on the runway.

Due to time constraints, I wasn’t able to visit the technology displays inside the hangars, look forward to the next RSAF Open House! Oh for, nostalgic sake, do check out my RSAF Open House 2008 !

 


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NDP 2010 Rehearsal – Aerial Display

Counting down to National Day Parade 2010, The Republic of Singapore Air Force is busy preparing for their aerial display and they were spotted above the Tanjong Pagar skyline !

Do check out more photos of NDP 2010 Rehearsals here on my Flickr !

F15 & F16 Rehearsing for NDP 2010

National Day Parade 2010 is coming soon and rehearsals are currently ongoing to ensure when the big day arrives, it will be a wonderful celebration and performance !

I was very lucky that I was able to capture F15 and F16 fighter jets rehearsing their maneuvers away from the Padang and it was a very wonderful experience to be high up and having a closer view (than from ground level) of the F15 and F16 in action. For more info on what the Republic of Singapore Air Force would be performing, drop by Diana’s (one of the NDPeeps) blog post “What to expect from the Skies at NDP 2010!

F16 Black Knights at RSAF Open House 2008

For the aviation fans, this year 2008 was a great to take many different photos of airplanes. One of my memorable photography moments were taking our F16 Black Knights during this year’s NDP 2008 rehearsals.

I was there at the RSAF Open House 2008 on 30th August 2008 and Black Knight 1 was on display ! It definitely attracted a huge crowd and many of the F16 Black Knights pilots and ground crew were there and they also had a booth to showcase their videos and the names of the performance patterns that they adopted.
Do you remember the HEART shape a.k.a. the LOVE produced by the F16 Black Knights during NDP 2008 ? It is called FLAMING HEART ! They had the performance patterns printed nicely on the boards,  do drop by my photo collection of the F16 Black Knights and see the names of their performance patterns !
Keep a lookout for my post on the RSAF Open House 2008 !

NDP 2008 – From the Esplanade Bridge Part 1

On the 9th August 2008, Singapore celebrated its 43rd birthday at the Marina BayFront.

With many rehearsals leading up to this grand finale, I had been following them over the saturdays, giving me a good time to take different photographs from different locations, angles, perspectives and understanding the flight and performance pattern of the F16 Black Knights.

I was there about 2 hours before the pre-parade segment, managed to find a spot on the Esplanade Bridge. The weather looked great on one end, however, the Eastern side was dark and cloudy. Initially, I thought, it would be fine, the weather would clear soon but it wasn’t to be, soon dark rain clouds filled the skyline and started drizzling. As time goes by, nearing towards the start of the parade, it drizzled, stopped, drizzled, stopped and with strong windy conditions.

 

Nevertheless, the pre-parade segment commenced in the bad weather conditions. The erratic drizzle and poor weather didn’t deter the people to move off, even though there were significant movement on the Esplanade Theatre and waterfront. The Red Lions Parachuters had a very tough task on hand, with strong winds constantly changing in directions, we had to salute them for their courageous efforts and skills for giving Singapore’s 43rd Birthday a wonderful performance ! 

 

Even though the weather was slowly clearing, there were still the drizzle and stop situation. The Singapore Flag Fly Past came and everybody around the Esplanade was cheering it loud ! The bad weather wasn’t going to dampen the mood there !

 

Soon, the moment a lot of us had been waiting for. The F16 Black Knights flying in to salute the nation on its 43rd Birthday ! A grand finale performance after many hard hours of training. It was very popular with everybody there at the grounds and they were cheering for it even though the afterburner was really loud with their low level flying and high altitude climb. The best birthday gift was the HEART and everyone of us cheered !

Happy 43rd Birthday Celebrations !

NDP Preview 2008

After weeks of practice, it’s the time for the National Day Parade Preview 2008. I decided to head for the Suntec Convention Centre for the Ceremonial Flags Uncasing Ceremony first, being the Preview, it was the full dress rehearsal for the Grand Finale on 9th August 2008.

 

 

Besides the full uncasing ceremony procedures, the public watching the uncasing ceremony were given a short video presentation on the two giant television screens on the history of the ceremonial flags and colours, the importance and relevance in Singapore today. It was also an eye opener for me too, going back into the history and understanding our roots better. 

Thereafter, I took some photos of the Colour Party, Guard of Honour Contingent and supporting uniformed groups contingent marching towards the Marina Bay Front. Today’s security and road blocks were a lot stricter and safer, and it was more difficult to move across to the Esplanade. When I got to the Esplanade Bridge, I had already missed most of the pre-parade segment, the Red Lions Parachuters, jet-ski displays etc….. The crowds were getting bigger but not too jammed packed yet. 

I finally managed to find myself a spot on the Esplanade Bridge closer to the Esplanade and waited for the action to start. The weather was very good yesterday and it was very exciting to take photos of the National Flag Fly Past, Black Knights awesome aerial display in the clear blue sky ! 

 

After that, waited for the fireworks to start. It was a very windy day and tricky too. The smoke just kept on blowing into the direction of the Esplanade Bridge and some of my photos had a lot of smoke inside it ! We at the bridge were not spared from the ash of the expanded fireworks, it dropped on us due to the strong winds blowing towards the people on the bridge, it dropped on our clothes, hair and even landed into our mouth !!!!

 

 

 

It was a fitting grand finale of fireworks, very beautiful and Happy NDP Preview 2008 !

Do drop by my flickr site for NDP Preview 2008 photos !

Giant Love Heart

I had been taking the Giant Love Heart, produced by our awesome and talented F16 Black Knights, trying to get it as beautiful as possible.
iWalk, U2, a fellow travel blogger, suggested on my flickr that “it is the best moment to say “I Love You” to your girlfriend…… “
My dear readers, when you see the Giant Love Heart, remember to say the magic and beautiful words and spread LOVE to everybody !

A Different Shooting Location – A Different Perspective

On 12th July 2008, it’s National Education Show 2, another fun filled day of NDP 2008 rehearsal. I decided to drop down again and this time round, I decided I needed a different shooting location, to have a different perspective.

The location I decided to set up my camera and location was on the Esplanade Bridge, with a wide angle view of the Esplanade, Marina Bayfront and Merlion Park. I happened to bump into another fellow photographer, Billy, whom I met at Vivo last week.
A fresh challenge, different views, lovely opportunities. The weather today was excellent and the show was a lot more energetic and exciting, building up to our upcoming nation’s birthday.

Presenting to you, some of the selected photos of National Education Show 2, from the Esplanade Bridge.

Do check out my other photos on my flickr site !

Hope you all enjoy it ! Counting down to NDP 2008 !