Friday, July 26, 2013

Singapore re-forms Black Knights, to perform at 2014 airshow

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The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) has re-formed the Black Knights aerobatics team in a ceremony at Tengah Airbase today. The Black Knights will feature six RSAF F-16C Fighting Falcons, with the aircraft to be painted in a new paint scheme featuring the traditional red and white colours and incorporate Singapore's national symbols of the crescent moon and five stars. The team will be preparing for the Singapore Airshow 2014 from July onwards and training is expected to intensify nearer the event, which will be held in February 2014.

The first Black Knights team was formed with Hawker Hunters in 1973, making this the 40th Anniversary of the team. Unlike other air forces, the Black Knights are not a full-time display team, and pilots are not full-time performers and continue to hold operational appointments. The team's last appearance was at the 2008 Singapore Airshow.

Frankly, the scheme looks awesome. Just sayin'...

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