Fast, Loud and Colourful at the Singapore Airshow
05 March 2014
Last month, I had the opportunity to attend the Singapore Airshow. It is known to be one of the biggest and most famous aviation events in the world, and I was really looking forward to it way before the event took place.
Being there on “VIP morning” meant that there was no jostling with the crowds. On top of the chance to see (and even touch) the latest technologies and equipment in both civil and military aviation up close, there was also a specially-designed aerial display programme that packed a punch. This was the perfect opportunity to shoot some good pictures, and I ended up with more than a thousand of them!
Being traditionally one of the main “crowd-pullers” at such events, the aerial display did not disappoint. The state-of-the-art F16 fighter jets showed off their famous agility and speed, and there were no-less-impressive team acrobatic flying displays performed with brightly-coloured single-propeller planes in graceful formations. Exhibitors also took the chance to show off other aircraft, like the Boeing C-17 Globemaster which is an extremely graceful giant as far as military transport planes go. The Osprey also took to the stage to tease spectators into trying to determine if it was a plane or helicopter. These displays were certainly fast, loud and colourful at the same time.
The static displays did not disappoint either. Naturally, the military aircraft drew large numbers of visitors who wanted the opportunity to look into or even, in some instances, to sit in, the pilot’s cockpits, or just to take some pictures of these multi-million dollar machines. There was also the stuff that most of us only get to see/hear about in the news or in movies. These were things like the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), the ultra-luxurious private jets, the weapons systems that were once the material of sci-fi movies, as well as systems that promise to make air travel even safer for everyone in the years to come.
Being there at the show again and seeing the impressive technologies and equipment on display was certainly another memorable experience for me. We have definitely come a long way since the day the Wright brothers invented the aeroplane. That day, I felt proud to be a member of the international aerospace industry, and I was reminded of what the sweat and, occasionally, even tears, are for.