Year 1984

SIAI-Marchetti S.211 Jet Trainer Delivered To RSAF

Monday, 31st December 1984

SIAI-Marchetti of Italy delivered the first new SIAI-Marchetti S.211 jet trainers to RSAF. The S.211 was ordered in 1983 by MINDEF. The jet trainer aircraft was to be deployed to two Paya Lebar-based squadrons, 130 and 131 Sqns. The S.211 is for the RSAF's advanced pilot training to replace the ageing RSAF's BAC 167 Strikemaster Mk 84 (purchased new in 1969) and Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star (purchased second-hand from France in 1979).

PAP Won 1984 General Election

Saturday, 22nd December 1984

Singapore’s incumbent PAP (People’s Action Party) won the 1984 General Election. It was the 5th General Election in Singapore since independence. PM Lee' Kuan Yew's son Lee Hsien Loong made his debut, while PAP stalwarts Dr Goh Keng Swee and Ong Pang Boon stepped down. Teh Cheang Wan of PAP would was under investigation for corruption did not stand for this 1984 election. Workers Party (WP) retained, with an increased majority, its sole Anson seat of leader J. B. Jeyaretnam while Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) made its first in-road into Parliament with the victory of Chiam See Tong in Potong Pasir.

The Case Of The Muthu Curry Murder

Wednesday, 12th December 1984

Mr Ayakannu Marithamuthu (aka Muthu) was murdered at the Orchard Road Presbyterian Church and his body cooked in curry before being disposed of. Muthu was an unrepentant wife-beater and was a father of three who worked as a live-in caretaker of holiday chalets in Changi. His wife Naragatha worked at the Orchard Road Presbyterian Church. On the day of the alleged murder, he was repeatedly bludgeoned to death by his wife, Naragatha, and her 3 brothers. To destroy all traces of evidence, his body was chopped up into pieces. The body parts were then cooked into curry and disposed all over the island.

RSAF Plane Crashed In South China Sea

Friday, 12th October 1984

A RSAF F-5E jet crashes during a routine training flight over the South China Sea. The F-5E 23-year old pilot, Lieutenant Tan Cher Khin, ejects safely from the aircraft.

RSAF Skyhawk Crash Into Straits of Malacca

Wednesday, 10th October 1984

A RSAF Air Force pilot was missing after the A-4 Skyhawk crashed into an area 30 nautical miles west of Singapore in the Straits of Malacca. 26-year old pilot Lieutenant Khoo Seng Kim was missing while 28-year old pilot Captain Kwok Him Yin was rescured by passing fishing vessel.

Another RSAF Fighter Squadron Formed

Sunday, 1st July 1984

The 145 Squadron "Hornet" is a strike fighter squadron of the Republic of Singapore Air Force was formed on this day. The Squadron which consist of A-4 Skyhawk A-4S Skyhawk and later the locally upgraded A-4SU Super Skyhawk. Update: Squandron 145 move to Changi Airbase (East) in 2004 and operate the F-16Ds from the new air base.

Hunter Crashed Into South China Sea

Thursday, 17th May 1984

Captain Tan Seng Hui, 26, was on a routine training flight in a Hawker Hunter when it crashed into South China Sea at about 11pm in the night. He and his aircraft was missing.

Trainee Pilot Ditched Plane In Ocean

Monday, 7th May 1984

An RSAF trainee pilot and his instructor ejected to safety from an BAC Strikemaster over the South China Sea yesterday afternoon. The two, who were on a training flight, were picked up by an RSAF rescue helicopter and brought back to Paya Lebar Airport.

Fitzpatrick's Supermarket Rebooted

Tuesday, 24th April 1984

After 40 months of hiatus, Fitzpatrick (since 1958) rebooted itself at The Promenade along Orchard Road. The store has a gross floor area of 15,000 square feet and carries about 7,000 lines of products and will feature a large well-stocked wine section, a cheese section with more than 70 different types of cheese plus a large selection of fresh fish. Meanwhile Fitzapatrick's opened its with store a week ago in Serangoon Garden. The next store at Katong Mall in May 1984.

RSAF Buy Super Pumas

Monday, 16th April 1984

RSAF is to purchase 22 French made helicopters, Super Pumas, and have gives option to buy 12 more.

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