Sunglass. Check. Sunscreen. Check. Ears that can withstand engine propulsions. Check.
It’s been over 3 weeks when the aerial muscles of the world were on display at the Changi Exhibition Centre and you have to believe me when I say, I still yearn for that loud burst of pure energy from the afterburners. As always I was floored and ecstatic with the sensory overload that was being presented to me at that time that only an aeronautics aficionado like me can relate to. I know it borders between being a geek and a crazy weirdo, but basically, I was one heck of an elated kid.
(ROKAF Black Eagles)
Since the inception of this biennial event in 2008, I’ve made it a conscious effort to attend for the sole purpose of feeding my hunger for mean machines and airplanes. The adrenaline rush is just out of this world. The chances of one going home with a sore neck from prying the skies for the next aerial stunt is very high. Not to mention instant tanning. You don’t need to go to the beach to have a spanking tan for summer. At the end of the day, these will all be worth it. At least for me, that is..
So I was there.. ogling over turbofans and inert rockets like some mad scientist. But aside from the usual air force weaponry, commercial jets were also on static display and some army vehicles and armaments.
(KAI FA-50 scale model)
(US Army Humvee)
Some of the highlights of this year’s airshow would probably be the return of the RSAF Black Knights who were last featured at the inaugural event. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to see their set because they opened for the morning show and I was late. Another highlight would be the ROKAF Black Eagles featuring South Korea’s indigenous T-50 Golden Eagle supersonic fighters. And I’ll go ahead on saying.. THEY. WERE. AMAZING.
And of course I wouldn’t miss myself the chance of seating at a real cockpit even though it would mean waiting in-line under the blaring heat of the sun. I mean, seriously, the experience would just be incomplete without it. Plus unlike previous years, organisers had already set up queue tents with ceiling fans to make waiting more comfortable. So after a good 90 minutes of waiting..
your F-16 pilot wannabe
The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is another highlight of the show. The 5th generation multirole fighter is designed for ground attacks, reconnaissance, and air defense all while maintaining stealth capability. I say the future of air supremacy is looking bright. The F-35 will start its service late next year.
Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II and a photobomber
But honestly, what excited me the most during the whole show was seeing the scale model of the future Changi International Airport Terminal 4. Expected to open in 2017, it is designed for fast and seamless travel with low cost carriers in mind; featuring self-service check-in and automated baggage drop, immigration clearance and departure gates.
The terminal’s showpiece is a 300 meter long Central Galleria which separates the public zone from the restricted zone. The terminal’s visual-transparent concept will provide clear visibility from the check-in hall of the attractive offerings in the transit lounge. Local cultural and heritage items will be used in decorating the interior. The retail space will feature traditional Peranakan shop front facades.
Terminal 4 scale model
I had a great time at the show as always. It was tiring and sweaty but like I said, everything was worth it. The line-up this year was awesome and I can’t wait for the next airshow in 2016!