RSAF F-15SG and F-16 dance in aerial duet

 - February 14, 2012, 12:30 PM
Aerial display features daring duet by RSAF F-16 and F-15SG. Photo by Mark Wagner.

Another Singapore Airshow brings another aerial duet from the local air arm. Last time, the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) paired a Lockheed Martin F-16 fighter with a Boeing AH-64 Apache in a novel fast-and-slow display. This time, an F-16 is in company with RSAF’s latest acquisition, the Boeing F-15SG Strike Eagle.

The pilots fly a nicely coordinated routine that starts with a close formation pass, with F-16 inverted. After they split, both jets perform a variety of combat and airshow maneuvers. Watch for the vertical spiral and the high-g flat turn from the F-15SG, flown by Maj. Yip Chuang Syn, who is accompanied by his back-seater, Capt. Philip Tien. Not to be outdone, Maj. Desmond Too in the F-16 does a neat knife-edge pass. To close, the pair performs an opposition pass with a closing speed of nearly 1,000 knots, followed by a climbing exit from show center.

Singapore is acquiring 24 Strike Eagles. Boeing made the first deliveries in May 2009 to Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, where the RSAF has established a permanent training detachment that will operate about half of the fleet. The other half began to arrive here in April 2010, these aircraft being operated by No. 149 Squadron at Paya Lebar airbase.