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Happy 50th Birthday Singapore!

Singapore celebrates her Golden Jubilee in the year 2015, Happy 50th Birthday Singapore!

I wasn’t able to go down on 9th August 2015 to the Marina Bay area to capture our National Day Parade (NDP) 2015 fireworks and Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) SG50 Aerial Display due to prior commitments. Nevertheless, during the past few weeks leading up to NDP 2015, I went to their combined rehearsals (6 of them) and NDP 2015 Preview, capturing fireworks and aerial display from various locations around the Marina Bay area.

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During the Golden Jubilee long weekend from 7th August to 10th August 2015, I went down to Marina Bay and captured the Golden Jubilee special preview fireworks and Fullerton Hotel SG50 light projection display. Overall, it had been some fun times photographing the various Golden Jubilee celebrations in Singapore!

Sharing my photographs that I photographed and covered leading up to NDP 2015 in Singapore!

Once again! Happy SG50! Happy 50th Birthday Singapore!

NDP 2015 Rehearsals


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RSAF SG50 Aerial Display


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NDP 2015 Rehearsals Fireworks 


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SG50 Golden Jubilee Weekend Special Preview Fireworks


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SG50 Golden Jubilee Weekend Fullerton Hotel Light Projection Display


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NDP 2015 Rehearsals – Aerial Display and Fireworks Photos

For the past 6 weekends, starting from Combined Rehearsal 1 to Combined Rehearsal 6, I was following our National Day Parade 2015 (NDP 2015) rehearsals happening at Marina Bay, from catching the Red Lions in action, the 21 Gun Salute, RSAF SG50 Aerial Display and my favourite fireworks!

With the NDP 2015 Preview before the Grand Finale on the 9th August 2015, celebrating Singapore’s Golden Jubilee and her 50th birthday, I am keen and looking forward to it and capturing it down in photos and memories. My photographer friend Jensen remarked to me that we may not live to see SG100 and I do agree to a certain extent, I don’t have a crystal ball to see the future! At the age of 50, Singapore is not that old as an independent nation in the world, she is going through another transition period in this modern era, hopefully to be even better, stronger and more mature.

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I would just like to share my photos collection from NDP 2015 Combined Rehearsals – the RSAF SG50 Aerial Display and Fireworks. Let’s make this SG50 a memorable time and have fun on 9th August 2015!


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NDP 2015 Combined Rehearsal 1 – RSAF FlyPast

This year’s Singapore National Day Parade (NDP) 2015 is a significant and important milestone of Singapore’s history, celebrating 50 years of Singapore’s independence since the year 1965. As part of the NDP 2015 celebrations, the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) is going to give Singapore, a very big and special performance, the largest and most extensive air segment in the history of Singapore’s National Day Parades! There are 50 aircrafts of various types taking part in NDP 2015!

When I heard about our RSAF SG 50 FlyPast during NDP 2015, I was very excited to watch and capture the performances of our RSAF in action over Marina Bay. On Saturday 20th June 2015, it was Combined Rehearsal (CR) 1 and the RSAF gave a glimpse of what is to come on NDP 2015, practising their moves in the combined rehearsals, preparing to celebrate give Singapore a big birthday present with her airshow and flypast on 9th August 2015.

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Beside the traditional State Flag flypast, there will be

  • “Five Stars” Tribute to the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew executed by the RSAF Black Knights

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  • The unprecedented “50” formation comprising of 20 F-16s

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  • Aerial Bomb-Burst by RSAF Black Knights

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  • Aerial flypast segment comprising various aircraft

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  • Criss-Cross by RSAF Black Knights

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  • Combat Turn by a solo F-15SG

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  • Flat Burst: The finale performance by 3 F-15SGs

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The New Paper has an informative article and infographic on the RSAF NDP 2015 aerial display details! Check out the link here for more in-depth information!

I was at the Jubilee Bridge for NDP 2015 CR 1 and it was a good spot to watch and photograph the RSAF SG 50 Flypast and aerial display! My Jensen Chua of Jensen Chua Photography managed to capture some awesome shots of the RSAF aerial display from the Marina Bay Sands Sky Park and it’s definitely a bird’s eye and it’s quite close to the flying altitude of the various performing aircraft! Maybe I should go up to Sky Park and get more different shots, angles and perspectives of the RSAF NDP 2015 SG50 aerial display!

With five more combined rehearsals before the preview parade and the National Day Parade 2015, I hope that I am able to capture more RSAF aerial display from other locations if possible and share with my readers.

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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RSAF Open House 2008

The RSAF Open House 2008 was opened to the public from 30th August to 31st August 2008 and the visitors were treated to a great show of aerial display, fun games and carnival, informative display on the modern 3rd Generation Army and Airforce, and last but not least, the displays !
I reached there with my cousin aroudn 1+pm, the weather was good, sunny and bright, although with dark clouds looming in the sky. After clearing the security entrance, we were greeted by the “veterans” of the RSAF, the retired air warriors of the 1st and 2nd Generation. I forgot to take photos of them, I used to train in the UH-1H years ago !
Moving down, turning to the main ground, we were welcomed to the main showground ! Many different fighter jets, transport planes and ground military vehicles were on display. There were many people around especially families with children. They were very keen to sit inside the fighter jet to get a feel of it and were queuing up for it, so were the helicpoters, the Apache AH-64 and Super Puma. Other performances included the arming display for the different fighter jets, precision timing and teamwork.
Inside the hangers, it was turned into an exhibtion ground, showcasing the latest technology used in the RSAF and the history and development of the RSAF, brought back memories when I was a small kid looking at the fighter jets flying in the sky during major events such as NDP. There were also a great sense of pride when I saw how our RSAF had become a global citizen, helping countries around the world in humanitarian relief missions. We had grown a lot in the past 43 years !
The weather soon changed, strong rain and winds hit the RSAF Open House, luckily, we were resting in the stadium gallery, away from the rain. It was heavy and I was afraid that the aerial display would be cancelled. However, it stopped in time and the aerial display proceeded a little bit later instead of the usual stipulated timing.
The aerial display was an awesome performances consisting of

(1) Parachuters arriving from the sky
(2) Operational readiness by the figher jets squadorn
(3) Cooperation of armed forces and fighting machines (fighter jets, apaches, super puma, chinnok, charlie 130)
(4) Fighter Jets flypast

I had a great time photographing the aerial performance ! Although I was blocked by my fellow visitors, missed out some good photography taking opportunities.

Do check out my photos collection at Flickr !

Hope you all enjoyed my post and also enjoyed your trip down to the RSAF Open House 2008 !

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 !