Celebrating history

Aircraft fly above RAAF Base Pearce.
Aircraft fly above RAAF Base Pearce.

The chiefs of the Australian and Singapore air forces, Air Marshal Geoff Brown and Major General Hoo Cher Mou, reviewed the parade of RSAF 130 Squadron and the RAAF’s No. 2 Flying Training School (2FTS) personnel.

Air Marshal Brown congratulated the RSAF on their achievement of 1080 graduate pilots and aircrew over the past 20 years.

‘The close relationship we have with our RSAF colleagues through sharing facilities and training builds effective and successful training outcomes beneficial to both countries,’ he said.

‘We pride ourselves in the strength of our bond with the RSAF and look forward to further advancing our joint capabilities.’

RSAF 130 Squadron uses the Pilatus PC-21 aircraft to train its country’s future pilots at RAAF Base Pearce. Joint flying training with RAAF personnel contributes to closer ties with Singapore, and adds to regional security.

Following the parade, Air Marshal Brown provided Major General Hoo with a tour of RAAF Base Pearce. To celebrate the occasion, RSAF and RAAF undertook a combined flypast over Perth.

Flying display

Head to the Model Aircraft State Centre at Whiteman Park this weekend to see aircraft powered by miniature jet turbine engines at the annual Wings over Whiteman flying display.

Some aircraft can fly at over 400km per hour. Everything from vintage first world war aircraft, trainer aircraft, control line flying and helicopters to modern jet fighters will be on display.

Cost is $10 per person and $20 per car entry fee.

There is a separate entrance north of the Whiteman Park-Beechboro Road entrance. (no entry from inside Whiteman Park.)

For more information, visit wamasc.org.au.