Singapore Air Show

ST Exec Doubles as Singapore’s Aviation Historian

 - February 10, 2014, 11:00 PM
Goh Yong Kiat

Goh Yong Kiat is a rare individual: a senior manager in the aerospace industry who is also an avid aviation enthusiast and historian. This home-grown talent has just published his fifth book, a pictorial history of the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) entitled “Full Spectrum Force.”

Goh’s backlist includes histories of air logistics in the RSAF, and the history of Tengah airbase. But his major work was “Where Lions Fly,” a comprehensive history of aviation in Singapore, which was published in 2012 and is still available from Straits Times Press.

Having grown up with a passion for things that fly, Yong Kiat joined the RSAF in 1979 as a technician. He soon became an air engineering officer (AEO) and served in various staff and command positions. In 2002 he joined ST Aerospace where he was involved in the company’s MRO business, as well as air charter services and aviation training. He is currently an executive vice president for ST Aerospace for aviation and training services, and also for the company’s defense business.

“Full Spectrum Force” is available here at the Singapore airshow, from the RSAF Pavilion in the static park, price S$45. C.P.