SG50 Special #45: Singapore's First Malay F-16 Fighter Pilot Yusri Abu Bakar

I want to share about a member of our Malay community whom I believe is a good example and many youngsters in our community look up to him as their idol and role model. He paved the way for us to dream big and give us hope that nothing is impossible. He is MAJOR Yusri Abu Bakar the first Malay F-16 fighter pilot in the RSAF. Considering that only ONE in a thousand can make the cut to become a fighter pilot, he managed to overcome the odds stacked against him and show his ability to fly the war machine.

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The Singapore RSAF are at Exercise Red Flag - Nellis in the USA. Exercise Red Flag - Nellis is: A realistic combat training multilateral exercise hosted by the United States Air Force. Earlier today, the first wave of our F-15SGs and F16C/Ds took to the skies with our counterparts from USAF and FAF to fight against USAF Aggressor Squadrons.

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RSAF F-16 pilots use Singlish to outfox United States fighter pilots in Joint Combat Exercise

The Spore air force went to the US to take part in their Red Flag combat exercise. For the first three days, our F-16 pilots, no matter how much they planned and prepared, they were always ambushed by the USAF F-15s. Then they realized that the USAF pilots were eavesdropping on their conversations (not disallowed by the rules), so they switched from plain English to Singlish/Chinese/Malay.

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The day Singapore scrambled her F16D fighter jets

The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Air Defence and Operations Command tracked the small plane as it flew towards Singapore, and it was quickly established that the Caravan did not have an approved flight plan - a 'red flag', especially since the Sept 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States. At 6.42pm, a pair of missile-armed F16D jets, which also have 20mm guns, thundered off from an air base. They quickly spotted the Caravan with its massive floats - pontoons mounted beneath the fuselage - and signalled it to land at Changi Airport's central runway just before 8pm. Airport police immediately surrounded the plane.

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SAF looking into S$3b deal to upgrade F-16s

SINGAPORE: The Government is in discussions with the United States over a proposed US$2.43 billion (S$3.09 billion) deal to upgrade its ageing F-16 fighter jets, the US Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on Wednesday. Under the deal to upgrade 60 of Singapore's F-16 fighter jets, the aircraft will be equipped with, for example, Sensor Fuzed Weapons and Guided Bomb Units, as well as the Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing Systems, which will project a display onto a pilot's helmet visor, allowing him to aim sensors and weapons at where he is looking.

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