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    Couldn’t attend the airshow on the first day due to tight schedule but managed to free up some time this morning for the flying display by SAF Black Knights, RAAF (Australia) F-18F and US Air Force F-16C. I wanted to see the Airbus A350 very much but they told me it flew off yesterday, sigh!

    Airbus A350 (XWB) Xtra-Wide-Body is a key competitor to Boeing's 787 Dreamliner.

    The Boeing C-17Globemaster III is huge. I guess it can takes easily 20 cars inside the plane with 10 cars for each row.



    Quote Originally Posted by Henry T View Post
    Is SAAB there?

    Watch the manufacturer's demo movie of the Gripen.....

    This is SAAB 340 MSA...

    有才而性缓定属大才,有智而气和斯为大智.

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    Hey HTCHONG, do you photos of the show by the South Koreans T50s? Heard they put up one great show with their own fighter jets... I miss the show because my Indonesian buddies wanted to see the Boeing 747 long body which they call the 747 Panjang haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by SiangMalam View Post
    Hey HTCHONG, do you photos of the show by the South Koreans T50s? Heard they put up one great show with their own fighter jets... I miss the show because my Indonesian buddies wanted to see the Boeing 747 long body which they call the 747 Panjang haha
    Yes, I heard the Korean is good. The last display was yesterday and I miss that also.
    有才而性缓定属大才,有智而气和斯为大智.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SiangMalam View Post
    There's an Aussie lad here in Changi who has two passes for a ride on an F/A-18 Hornet with SAF and he's asking for USD2,500 each.... I am fine because one will never have a chance to fly on an F/A-18 Hornet in one's lifetime but wifey say its expensive.... maybe I go up alone....

    I lined up since 6am and I can't even get a pass for any bloody flight at all.... not even on an old Hercules C-130 and this Aussie lad got 2 passes summore on F/A-18 Hornet... something's not right too in Singapore... I thought only in Bolehland...

    Ben & Jerry ice-cream also costs S$8 a cup! That's daylight robbery man....
    Are you sure they let civilians ride in the F/A-18? They would want you to learn how to eject first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cskok8 View Post
    Are you sure they let civilians ride in the F/A-18? They would want you to learn how to eject first.
    Plus medical test on the spot....

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    10k for a ride, why not?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fRaNkY View Post
    10k for a ride, why not?
    Only if I passed medical and simple parachute procedure... but I did not buy the passes... the Aussie lad got it free...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SiangMalam View Post
    A US Marine F-15 Tomcat made famous in the movie The Final Countdown with Kirk Douglas and also in the movie Top Gun with Tom Cruise made a nostalgic presence in the Singapore Air Show today - for old time sake - and made this really low low flyby - "wahlau you can touch it lah", says my Singaporean friend...

    Luckily I brought my F1 earplugs.... its really loud, I mean really, really loud even with my earplugs inserted....






    That is extremely risky. If that is the F-14A model, it is underpowered
    with unreliable engines.

    Its Pratt & Whitney TF30-P-414A engines are prone to compressor stalls
    and has killed quite a few F-14 crews.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pratt_%...tney_TF30#F-14


    When that happens, because of the wide spacing of the engines, the aircraft
    goes into an irrecoverable flat spin (you can see that in the Top Gun movie)
    or virtually flips over.

    The first female Tomcat pilot, Kara Hultgreen, was killed when one of its
    engines failed on a landing approach and the plane flipped over. I think her
    RIO ejected, she did so when the plane was already upside down.

    She was found 4,000 feet under.



    The TF30, Pratt & Whitney's first turbofan, is not exactly a fighter engine
    - it was developed to power the F-111. Prolonged, troubled development.

    There was actually a far more reliable turbofan of similar thrust available
    for the F-111 at that time - Rolls-Royce's Spey, but typical American pride
    overruled the installation of those.


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rolls-Royce_Spey


    Tomcat pilots had to be careful not to shove the throttles into full afterburner
    suddenly - the compressor will stall. A serious handicap in air combat.

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    Tomcat, carrier take-off and landing.

    " In the land of the blind the one-eyed-jack is king."

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    Wow... you guys know a lot on planes... at least I know who to invite to LIMA in Langkawi next time (when I get tickets) rather than those only want to go eat orchien or walk the skybridge....

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    Kara Hultgreen.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kara_Hultgreen#Death



    There were plans to reengine the F-14A with the F401, a derivative
    of Pratt & Whitney's F100 (the F-15/F-16 engine), but ......



    '' Actually, the F-14 didn't get the F401 because a Representative
    spearheaded an effort to kill the F401, which, admittedly, was
    having some development troubles at the time, on the grounds
    that the "TF30 is 'good enough'!" This same representative,
    some four-five years later, when proplems with the TF30 were
    causing no end of grief for the F-14, gave the opinion that
    "The Navy bought a Turkey, not a Tomcat!" and totally ignored
    his part in the debacle. This "gentleman" later went on to
    become Pres. Clinton's first SecDef, Les Aspin. ''


    http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index....19861.120;wap2





    '' The F-14s history is one of constant tragedy caused by politics.
    The Tomcat's hangar queen reputation for example comes from
    the fact that Les Aspin killed F401-P400 engine development
    ("The TF30 is good enough") which prevented any production
    model aircraft (the F-14B and F-14C) from entering service until
    the late 1980s. ''


    http://forums.spacebattles.com/threa...256128/page-17




    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les_Aspin

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    Interesting history, Tham, many thanks for sharing...

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