It promises to be a “roaring good time” – and we’re not talking about Chinese New Year festivities.
The skies will soon reverberate with the roar of powerful jet engines as the Singapore Airshow opens at the Changi Exhibition Centre, located just off Changi Coast Road.
First held in 2008, Asia’s largest aerospace and defence exhibition will see more than 800 exhibitors from over 40 countries, including 62 of the top 100 aerospace companies, such as Boeing, EADs, Honeywell, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Rolls-Royce.
The first four days of the airshow, which runs from 2 to 7 February, are dedicated to trade visitors, with members of the public welcomed for the last two days, on Saturday and Sunday, 6 and 7 February.
For the public, the traditional 60-minute aerial display is likely to be the highlight of the event. This year, the organisers, Singapore Airshow & Events, have announced the addition of a second, 30-minute aerial display, meaning that there will be displays on the weekends at 11.30am and 3pm.
One of the highlights of the air show, with aircraft from Australia, Malaysia, South Africa and the United States, will be the exciting-sounding “Dump and Burn” show by the F-111 strike aircraft from the Royal Australian Air Force.
Furthermore, the United States Air Force’s A-10 Thunderbolt II will be making its Asian show debut, while the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) will be unveiling its PC-21 for the first time at the show.
Other aircraft on show include the RSAF’s AH-64 Apache and F-16 Falcon, while the Alenia Aermacchi M-346 and T-50 Golden Advance jet trainers will be among the line-up.
Apart from the displays in the air, there will be several more fun activities taking place on the ground. Bring sun screen, sun glasses and sunblock and you’ll be all set.
Tickets for the show, for 6 and 7 February, are available from $8 to $20 from Sistic.