Yusri Abu Bakar

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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LTA YUSRI ABU BAKAR - SINGAPORE'S MALAY F-16 FIGHTER PILOT

ONLY one in a thousand makes it as a fighter pilot in the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF), and Lieutenant Yusri Abu Bakar, 25, not only made the cut but also secured the distinction of becoming the first Malay Singaporean fighter pilot. The young lieutenant got his wings in October 2001 and completed his F-16 training a year later.

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