23 Maret 2016
RSAF F-15SG Strike Eagle (photo : Air and Space)
The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) has formed a second locally based squadron to operate the Boeing F-15SG Eagle multi-role fighter, adding further credence to earlier reports that it has more such aircraft than previously reported.
A Singapore-based F-15SG was seen carrying the markings of 142 'Gryphon' Squadron on its tail during a commemorative formation flight for Singapore's outgoing chief of the air force, Major General Hoo Cher Mou, on 12 March, while a photo taken at the multinational Exercise 'Cope Tiger' in Thailand and released by Singapore's Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) showed RSAF F-15SG pilots wearing the squadron's insignia on their flight suits. (Jane's)
The weaponry of the RSAF F-15SG (photo : j-imaging)
RSAF Now Has 2 F-15 Squadrons
The Republic of Singapore Air Force now has two F-15SG squadrons, 149 SQN “Shikra” and the recently announced 142 SQN “Gryphon”.
142 SQN was RSAF’s first A-4 squadron and also the last to fly the upgraded A-4SU Super Skyhawk in 2005, it was also stood down the same year. 142 SQN was RSAF Operational Conversion Unit (OCU) for the A-4 as well as serving air to ground attack roles.
11 years later, the Gryphon’s wings spreads again on the F-15SG. Pilots with patches of 142 SQN were publicised training in Thailand at Exercise Cope Tiger 2016. F-15 with 142 emblem were also spotted by our sharp eyed spotters. (Coffee and Bullets)