RSAF E-2C Hawkeye Decommissioned

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The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) has retired its fleet of E-2C Hawkeye, an Airborne Early Warning Aircraft. One of the E-2C made its last flight from Tengah Airbase to Paya Lebar Airbase. The aircraft will form part of RSAF Air Force Museum’s static display which will be accessible to the public.

RSAF Received New Airborne Early Warning Aircraft

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The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) received its first of the four Gulfstream 550 Airborne Early Warning (G550-AEW) aircraft at Tengah Air Base this evening. Chief of Air Force, Major-General Ng Chee Khern, officiated at the homecoming ceremony. The RSAF has acquired a total of four G550-AEW aircraft to replace its ageing E-2C Hawkeye aircraft which have served the Air Force well for more than 20 years. Equipped with a sophisticated mission suite that includes an Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, the G550-AEW aircraft is able to detect, identify and track aerial targets. The G550-AEW aircraft has a longer detection range (200 nautical miles) than the E-2C Hawkeye. Read more »

RSAF Changi Air Base (East) Opened

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Changi Air Base (East), or Changi East Complex is a new facility extending the facilities of Changi Air Base. Built on 2 square kilometre site of reclaimed land, the new base is located approximately 2 kilometres east of Singapore Changi Airport and approximately 1.5 kilometre west of Changi Naval Base. Ground breaking took place on 15 July 2002. Read more »

Two Students Flew In F-16s

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Two students from the Singapore Youth Flying Club (SYFC), 18-year old Gabriel Yam and 20-year old Matthew Foo, flew on the F-16 fighter jet. This was the first time that the RSAF provides a familiarisation flight on the F-16 fighters. Read more »

RSAF 150 Squadron Moved To France

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The RSAF A-4SU Skyhawks were shipped to southwest France at Cazaux Air Base. The RSAF 150 Squadron was re-established here for advance training of RSAF pilots. The French site was selected because of available practice bombing ranges and airspace over the North Atlantic for ACM training, as well as opportunity for electronic warfare technique practice. Read more »

RSAF E-2C Damaged

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A Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) E-2C Early Warning Aircraft was damaged during a landing incident at Tengah Air Base. No one was injured in the incident. In 1987 four Northrop Grumman E-2C Hawkeyes were delivered to 111 Squadron to provide Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) for RSAF.

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RSAF Plane Crash Two Eject To Safety

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A Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) A-4 Skyhawk crashed into the sea south-west of Tengah Air Base during a routine exercise yesterday morning. The instructor, Captain Tai Way Ming, 29, and his student pilot, Lieutenant Goh Char Li, 22, both elected to safety.

RSAF Skyhawk Crashed Into Sea

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A Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) A-4 Skyhawk crashed into the sea south of Tengah Airbase. The plane was on a routine flight. The pilot, Lt Leow Yong Yean, 22, ejected safely and was picked up by a boat nearby. An RSAF rescue helicopter was sent to take him to Tengah Medical Centre.

Mirage And Skyhawk Mid-Air Collision

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A RSAF Skyhawk A-4S and an Australian RAAF Mirage III-OA A3-69 plane collided in mid-air over a vilage at Tengah. The RAAF Mirage was approaching Tengah Air Base runway 36 in a straight descending path after being cleared by Tengah’s air traffic control when it is involved m a collision with the RSAF Skyhawk about 100 metres above ground. The Sky hawk was flying the final leg of a landing pattern. The pilot RSAF pilot involved in crash was identified as Lt Foo Siew Ngan of the 143 Squadron at Tengah Air Base was in good condition. The Australian pilot was Flight Lieutenant John O’Halloran, a 25-year-old bachelor from Brisbane was killed in the accident.

Update: Flt. Lt. John O’Halloran ejected safely ejected at 400 ft and 190 kts with only minor injuries. One civilian on ground killed. Reference:

RSAF 131 Squadron Formed

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The RSAF formed the No. 131 Squadron to provide Advanced Jet Training using ex-French Air Force Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star. Squadron 131 operates out from RSAF Tengah Air Base.

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F-5 Fighter Squadron Formed

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The new RSAF 144 Squadron, “Black Kites”, was formed to welcome the arrival the age of the supersonic jets in Singapore. The Squadron 144 will be home of the new F-5 supersonic jet aircraft. The squadron commander is LTC Michael Teo and will be used to conduct F-5 operational conversion course (OCU) of pilots. LTA Eng Jee Leong, LTA Peh Teng Keng, LTA Sham Chee Keong, LTA Teo Shi On and LTA Lee Chang Rhen were the first batch of pilots to be converted here. Read more »

Four Hawker Hunters Flew Home

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Four remaining Hawker Hunter Jet Fighter Aircraft of the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) that was stationed in UK for weapon tactical training have been flown home from Britiain by local RSAF pilots. These Hawker Hunter Jets will be use for operational fighter pilot training at Tengah Air Base (RSAF 140 Squadron). The five pilots and a techician was involved in the flight home which was lead by Capt. Harry Lim. The aricraft stopped at 11 countries along its route and covered almost 14,500 kilometers.

Trainee Pilot Killed in Jet Crash

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LT. Choa Swee Boon, a trainee pilot of the Singapore Air Defence Command (RSAF), was killed when his Hunter Jet crashed on an open ground, north of Tengah air base, at 1 p.m. yesterday. The trainee pilot was being converted to fly the Hunter Jet.

Second Skyhawk Fighter Squadron Formed

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The second Singapore Skyhawk Fighter Squadron, 143 Squadron, was formed on this day. Squadron 143 is the fourth fighter squadron formed in Singapore. Known as the “Phoenix” Squadron which consist of 9 A-4 Skyhawk and 13 pilots commanded by Major Fu Chun Hsien was formed to house the remaining Skyhawks from return from US. The 143 was base in (old) Changi Air Base.

Update: 143 Squadron was relocated to Tengah Air Base in December 1975. They were the first to operate the modified A-4 Super Skyhawk in the late 1980’s. From 2003, it was converted to F-16C/D Fighting Falcons.

First Local Commander Of Fighter Squadron

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Capt. Michael Teo Eng Cheong, 27, was named Squadron commander of the Singapore Armed Forces No. 140 Squadron. Captain Teo has been appointed the first local Squadron Commander of a fully operational Hunter Squadron and will be leading an all Singaporean Team. Capt. Teo, who was among the first batch of fighter pilots to join the air force. Read more »

Second Fighter Squadron Formed

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The second SADC (RSAF) Squadron, named the The 141 Squadron “Merlins” Squadron. was formed. The new squadron operates 25 refurbished Hawker Hunter jet aircraft. The squadron operates out from Tengah Air Base.

Update: 144 Squadron had relocated to Paya Lebar Air Base in 1986. And change older Hawker Hunter FR.74S to the newer F-5E Tiger in 1992. Read more »

RAAF Mirage III Crashed

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Due to an in-flight fire of a Royal Australia Air Force (RAAF) Mirage III at a location about 30 nautical miles northwest of Tengah Air Base. The Australian Flight Officer J. W. Kindler ejected from his aircraft at 5,500 ft and 350 kts with only minor injuries. Read more »

SADC Took Over Tengah

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Singapore Air Defence Command (SADC) took over full operational control of Tengah Air Base from the British Royal Air Force (RAF).

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