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Singapore Air Show 2010

After the disappointing LIMA 2009, I had high expectations for Singapore Air Show 2010. After all it was my first international air show and I paid close to RM500 for ticket, flights and local transfer in making this day-trip to Singapore a reality.

Sacrificing my Saturday, I was up as early as 6am to catch this 820a.m. flight to Singapore.

All for the Singapore Air Show; the event ticket bought from the agent in Malaysia for S$21.

Warming up my camera with some shots as the plane approached into Changi.

No, the engine did not stop; I was on high-shutter speed mode. Chasing the shadow.

Welcome to Singapore

From the budget terminal, I took the free shuttle to Terminal 2 where from there I took the Air Show Shuttle to the Air Show site. All in less than 1 hour despite the huge crowd. Hats off to Singapore’s efficiency.

Crowd management by the organiser was superb.

Flags of participating nations. Malaysia was not there. Not invited or not interested?

There were basically three main areas; the static display, the exhibition hall and the air show demo.

My favorite was the static display. A lot more aircraft from all parts of the world compared to LIMA 2009.

Cute Unmanned MQ-8B

High-tech drone.

There were also many business jets being displayed with potential customers given introductory tour inside the aircrafts. My favorite has always been this baby; Cessna Citation X.

Two main displays as far as civil aircrafts are concerned are the Boeing 737-800 and Airbus A330F.

The Boeing 737-800 with Garuda livery on. A celebrity. Long queue for visitors to visit the cabin. I waited for 20 minutes before giving up.

I just love the winglets on the new generation of 737s. Sexy!

The other cebrity. The brand new A330-200F. Airbus undertook hot-weather tests of its A330-200 freighter aircraft at the Singapore Airshow over the weekend. They got what they asked for. Super hot weather!

One for the album!

Beautiful plane. It may be on Hot Weather test but lots of visitors using the plane to avoid hot weather 😛 hehe

Military planes were also being displayed with majority being from US Air Force. A rare sight for me as a Malaysian. I decided to queue for 1 hour to go inside THE ROCK.

The plane and crew flew all the way from Arkansas.

The Rock

Huge area inside that can fit anything that can be fit in.

The cockpit.

These are some other beautiful planes; more can be seen on my facebook album.

Then came the Air Show. Interesting live show but still no group formation flying except the F16 and Apache which was the same as the LIMA’s show.

My zoom-lens + camera just could not capture the fast flying jets and I have to settle for something slower.

The indoor exhibition letdown was a big letdown. Since it was a Public Day and those exhibition booths are mainly for Trade Visitors, some of the exhibitors decided to cordon off the areas and just ignore the human flow around their space. I guess for these players it goes down to just dollars and cents. However there are exhibitors with high enough social responsibility to keep their displays on and entertain the public.

Being able to attend Singapore Air Show 2010 is a personal achievement for me. I have always wanted to witness a big aviation event outside Malaysia and this weekend I’ve managed to fulfill that desire. Next on my target is the Dubai Air Show and perhaps one day Farnborough!

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