Red Arrows perform flypasts over Singapore and Kuala Lumpur

18 October 2016

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Jets from the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, carried out spectacular flypasts over Singapore and Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur.

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The Red Arrows flew over a stunning backdrop in the Lion City, including Marina Bay Sands and Gardens by the Bay.

In Malaysia, the team completed passes of the Petronas Twin Towers in central Kuala Lumpur.

The performances by the world-renowned display team were part of a 60-day tour of the Asia-Pacific and Middle East regions, supporting UK interests and raising awareness of British innovation, industry and engineering excellence.

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The Kuala Lumpur flypast came a day after the Red Arrows performed a display near the city, at Epsom College. It was the 37th time the Red Arrows had displayed in Malaysia and the first since 2007.

Before the show, pilots and engineers also had chance to meet students there and provide presentations on the team’s role and work.

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Wing Commander Martin Higgins, Officer Commanding of the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, said: “The Red Arrows are incredibly appreciative of the support and assistance provided by the Malaysian authorities which allowed both the flypast and display.

“The Red Arrows’ visit to Malaysia has been aimed at raising the profile of UK interests in the country and showcasing the best of British innovation, industry and expertise.

“The response of the students we’ve met at the numerous school and college visits has been overwhelming and I hope many have been inspired to pursue STEM subjects and careers related to aerospace and engineering.”

After the Singapore flypast, the Red Arrows’ British-built Hawk jets landed at Paya Lebar, where the crews met military, business and other leaders.

A few days before the flypast, a Red Arrows advance team had carried out a visit to a Singapore university and also Rolls-Royce’s Seletar Campus, to promote the importance of the so-called STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering and maths.

Squadron Leader David Montenegro, Team Leader of the Red Arrows and who leads the nine-jet formation as Red 1, said: “The Red Arrows are thrilled to be able to perform in such a vibrant location as Singapore and are grateful for the support provided by the authorities and Republic of Singapore Air Force to make it possible.

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“The flypast was a unique, high-profile and tangible way of demonstrating the UK’s long-standing relationship with Singapore.

“We’re delighted to be able to support British industries and businesses in such an exciting way in Singapore and the event illustrates how Britain is global, working with partners across the world.

“Together with the associated ground activities during our visit – highlighting engineering and aerospace excellence – I hope we have also inspired young people to study the important STEM subjects.”

The Red Arrows are not the only RAF aircraft in Malaysia at the moment – Typhoons and 1 (F) Squadron from RAF Lossiemouth are in the country for Exercise Bersama Lima 16, operating out of RMAF Butterworth. The exercise involves the Five Powers Defence Arrangements (FPDA) nations of the UK, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.

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Images: Corporal Steve Buckley, SAC Gina Edgcumbe & SAC Adam Fletcher

© MOD Crown Copyright 2016


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