Year 1969

The Eight New Aircraft Arrived At Seletar

Thursday, 1st May 1969

The eight new aircraft arrived at Seletar in huge wooden crate stencilled with the name of the aircraft maker and the words, "Airplane inside - Use no hooks". And locally trained SADC technicians had to assemble the aircraft. Such was the awe and excitement inspired by the arrival of the new fleet of Cessna 172K (also known as T-41 Mescalero, Military harden version). The SADC (later the RSAF) was established at Seletar Airbase in September 1968, with the setting up of the Flying Training School (FTS) utilising three Cessna 172G/H on loan from the Singapore Flying Club. These eight new Cessna 172K takes over the duty for more selected trainees to participate in the basic flight-training course.

SAF School of Technical Training Opened

Wednesday, 16th April 1969

The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) School of Technical Training at Royal Air Force (RAF) Seletar was officially declared open. The school was setup with the help of Airwork Services Limited, a British company specialising in defence service, and the RAF. The school offers training in 11 aircrafts like the Ex-RAF Gloster Meteor PR.10 fighter.

Fourth Singapore Grand Prix

Sunday, 6th April 1969

The event attracted big names which included Australian drivers Brain Foley, Malcolm Ramsay and defending champion Garrie Cooper. Hong Kong-based Englishmen John Macdonald also showed up for the event. To complete a star-studded line-up Graeme Lawrence and Roly Levis, both from New Zealand, was here.

People's Park Shopping Centre Unveiled

Saturday, 22nd February 1969

People's Park Shopping Centre was unveiled at New Market Road. People's Park was build on the site of an old market in Chinatown. People's Park Centre is a mixed-use development which features four floors for retail shopping and a pair of towers which are used for office space and residential usage.

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