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#21 iwan

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Posted 22 November 2007 - 10:48 PM

QUOTE(Mohd Idham @ Nov 22 2007, 10:02 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
since long ago la iggy, that one is MB-339A...at Butterworth, it is under same squadron with Hawks, 15th squadron (if u look hard enough, at the background shows 15 SQ...)

main purpose is for endorsement to fighter jets, pilot jump in from PC-7....

and guess what, RMAF has no pilots to fly those, got only 2 instructor for 8 or 9 MBs (if i'm not mistaken)..

in that picture, clearly we can se only one pilot, and rear seat is empty...


whoa..and they are talking about purchasing more aermachis??so the 2 MiG-29NUB isnt the only reason to pilot shortages i guess?

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Posted 23 November 2007 - 07:34 AM

QUOTE(iwan @ Nov 22 2007, 02:48 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
whoa..and they are talking about purchasing more aermachis??so the 2 MiG-29NUB isnt the only reason to pilot shortages i guess?



According to a report in an UK aviation mag the TUDM ordered 8 new MB-339CM's in Nov 2006... Does this order still stand?


Thanks Fitri for the excellent photo's. Nice to see a bit more military hardware. I was fortunate to get a visit around Butterworth in Dec 2004 and was shown several F-5's that were earmarked for upgrade, presumably the one's in your photo's are the upgarded versions.
Looking forward to seeing the Su-30MKM's in Langkawi in Dec before flying down to Penang for Xmas.


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#23 Fitri Shukri

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Posted 23 November 2007 - 08:52 AM

QUOTE(Keith Dawson @ Nov 23 2007, 07:34 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
According to a report in an UK aviation mag the TUDM ordered 8 new MB-339CM's in Nov 2006... Does this order still stand?
Thanks Fitri for the excellent photo's. Nice to see a bit more military hardware. I was fortunate to get a visit around Butterworth in Dec 2004 and was shown several F-5's that were earmarked for upgrade, presumably the one's in your photo's are the upgarded versions.
Looking forward to seeing the Su-30MKM's in Langkawi in Dec before flying down to Penang for Xmas.
Keith


Keith D (there is another keith T here at MW),

I think the new MB-339 are ex-Royal New Zealand Air Force now undergoing refurbishment by Aermacchi. Actually, I'm confused as to why RMAF have two but different fleet of fighter trainer, namely the Hawk 100 and the MB-339. RMAF bought 10 BAe Hawk 100 in the 1990s but some have crashed.

Dec 2004 to March 2005 was one of the most interesting time at PEN and WMKB (RMAF B'worth) in terms of traffic due to the Indian Ocean Tsunami relief effort. PEN and WMKB was the chosen cargo hub by military and civil airliner worldwide to ease the congestion at the smaller Banda Acheh airport.

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Posted 23 November 2007 - 09:25 AM

QUOTE(Fitri Shukri @ Nov 23 2007, 08:52 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Keith D (there is another keith T here at MW),

I think the new MB-339 are ex-Royal New Zealand Air Force now undergoing refurbishment by Aermacchi. Actually, I'm confused as to why RMAF have two but different fleet of fighter trainer, namely the Hawk 100 and the MB-339. RMAF bought 10 BAe Hawk 100 in the 1990s but some have crashed.

Dec 2004 to March 2005 was one of the most interesting time at PEN and WMKB (RMAF B'worth) in terms of traffic due to the Indian Ocean Tsunami relief effort. PEN and WMKB was the chosen cargo hub by military and civil airliner worldwide to ease the congestion at the smaller Banda Acheh airport.

Sir,the Aermacchis are not exRNZAF but brand new ones.The deal for the KIWI birds fell through last year.Current streaming,pilots coming off from Basic Flying (PLTB 1),those destined to fly Mig29s and F5s go to MB339A and those selected for Hawk 208,F/A18D and future SU30MKM fly the Hawk 108.When they bought the Hawk 108/208,it was in lieu of the projected Tornado MRCA,cost too high and small number so went for Hawks.Repalced the A4PTM at Nos 6 and 9 Sqn and formed a new training unit,sort of Operational Conversion Unit for Fighter or fast jet aircraft.So the RMAF disbanded PLTB 1 and formed instead No.15 Sqn.Lately the No.9 Sqn was amalgamated with No.6 Sqn.Likewise No.17 Sqn is the OCU for Mig29 and No.19 Sqn is the operational Sqn,heard latest No.19 Sqn also amalgamated with No.17 Sqn.
As for Helis,after Basic Flying with PLTB 1, they will go to PLTB 2 for rotary wing qualifications,and after that off to No.3 Sqn which is the Heli OCU.
For Fixed wing,after completion of Basic Flying ,pilots are posted to No.4/20 (C402B/C130H) Sqn or No.21(CN235) Sqn for conversion.After that they will either go to:
No.2 Sqn VIP (BD700,F28,BBJ,DA90),No.4/20 Sqn (C402B,C130H/-30H,KC130H),No.16 Sqn (B200T),No.21 Sqn (CN235)

#25 Fitri Shukri

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Posted 23 November 2007 - 11:39 AM

QUOTE(Azmir I. @ Nov 23 2007, 09:25 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Sir,the Aermacchis are not exRNZAF but brand new ones.The deal for the KIWI birds fell through last year.Current streaming,pilots coming off from Basic Flying (PLTB 1),those destined to fly Mig29s and F5s go to MB339A and those selected for Hawk 208,F/A18D and future SU30MKM fly the Hawk 108.When they bought the Hawk 108/208,it was in lieu of the projected Tornado MRCA,cost too high and small number so went for Hawks.Repalced the A4PTM at Nos 6 and 9 Sqn and formed a new training unit,sort of Operational Conversion Unit for Fighter or fast jet aircraft.So the RMAF disbanded PLTB 1 and formed instead No.15 Sqn.Lately the No.9 Sqn was amalgamated with No.6 Sqn.Likewise No.17 Sqn is the OCU for Mig29 and No.19 Sqn is the operational Sqn,heard latest No.19 Sqn also amalgamated with No.17 Sqn.
As for Helis,after Basic Flying with PLTB 1, they will go to PLTB 2 for rotary wing qualifications,and after that off to No.3 Sqn which is the Heli OCU.
For Fixed wing,after completion of Basic Flying ,pilots are posted to No.4/20 (C402B/C130H) Sqn or No.21(CN235) Sqn for conversion.After that they will either go to:
No.2 Sqn VIP (BD700,F28,BBJ,DA90),No.4/20 Sqn (C402B,C130H/-30H,KC130H),No.16 Sqn (B200T),No.21 Sqn (CN235)


Azmir,
Thank you for the correction of the MB339 and for the detailed explanation of RMAF.

Regarding the MB339 for MiG29 and F5 and Hawk100 for FA18D and SU30MKM, it seems that MB339 is for older generation of fighters and the Hawk 100 for fly-by-wire fighters. Wow, ain't that creating head ache for logistics. Not to mention limited weapon inter-operatability. I don't know what is in the mind of our defence planners, but I think it would be better if RMAF reduce the number of fighter fleet type to (1) frontline multirole fighter (SU30MKM), (2) secondary multirole fighter (MiG29 or FA18D or some new type such as Gripen which can use Russian weapons too), and (3) fighter trainer (Hawk 100).

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Posted 06 December 2007 - 06:23 AM

QUOTE(Fitri Shukri @ Nov 22 2007, 05:33 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Fresh from the CF today... could this be RMAF first Hawk (M40-01)



I'm spotting from public areas... but of course... still got risk huh.gif



Excellent photo..... really liked the F-5's you posted before the 'crash'. Any chance or re-posting ? Whetted my appetite, don't see too many F-5's flying nowadays. Saw 2 Turkish AF examples (ex RNeth AF) in UK and one Spanish AF in Belgium all in July.
Might actually see you snapping away if your about after Xmas, as I have received confirmation from KL today that I can visit Butterworth on 27 or 28 Dec (very nice Xmas present). Hope the tour is as good as last time in 2004.

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#27 Fitri Shukri

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Posted 06 December 2007 - 12:52 PM

Reposting

RAAF PC-3 Orion




FA18D practising for LIMA






Some more Hawk, spotting with S Chang




S-61 Nuri flying in endless circles over us


F5E and F5F just landed








#28 TK

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Posted 06 December 2007 - 01:14 PM

wwwwwwwwwaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh...........

F-5....speechless.

#29 Keith Dawson

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Posted 07 December 2007 - 06:33 AM

Thanks for re-posting your photo's Fitri

Have to agree with TK................ those F-5 photo's are just superb smile.gif smile.gif rolleyes.gif

Is the one at LIMA one of these upgarded airframes ? looks like the same colour scheme. Hope it stays around until Sunday pm when I arrive in LGK

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Posted 14 January 2008 - 07:15 PM

Let me add...superb shots of the RMAF jets...especially the F5F!!...very rare,probably only 2 left?...still have fond memories growing up as a kid in Ulu Kelang,watching this kris shaped jets holding over our place before running in for the Merdeka Day flypast every year...

#31 Fitri Shukri

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Posted 03 May 2008 - 08:56 PM

This evening. C130 Hercules from Down Under. 3 of them some more.


And by the way, I was using a compact camera, Ricoh R8, ALSO GOT DUST IN CCD!!!!! ARRRGGHHH....

#32 MIR

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Posted 03 May 2008 - 09:10 PM

Wa..Good catch over there !! good.gif
I think they are currently deployed for the Exercise BERSAMA SHIELD with RMAF.
Expecting more traffic at RMAF Butterwoth this month, on 23-25 May 2008 - RAAF's 50th Anniversary of the establishment of a Combat Support Unit at RMAF Base Butterworth.

Edited by MIR, 03 May 2008 - 09:14 PM.


#33 Fitri Shukri

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Posted 03 May 2008 - 09:40 PM

QUOTE (MIR @ May 3 2008, 09:10 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Wa..Good catch over there !! good.gif
I think they are currently deployed for the Exercise BERSAMA SHIELD with RMAF.
Expecting more traffic at RMAF Butterwoth this month, on 23-25 May 2008 - RAAF's 50th Anniversary of the establishment of a Combat Support Unit at RMAF Base Butterworth.


Thanks for the info MIR. Too bad I'll be outstation during the BERSAMA SHIELD.

#34 Pieter C.

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Posted 04 May 2008 - 04:30 AM

Fuuuh fuuuh Fitri !!!

MIG & F5: excellent and stunning pictures of RMAF's might/force pardon.gif

mana SU ? huh.gif

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Posted 04 May 2008 - 10:11 AM

Nice Fitri...

Waiting some more pics from the north....

#36 Mohd Faridz Mohd Yunus

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Posted 04 May 2008 - 01:48 PM

Looks like the Aussies sent in a couple of stretched J series..nice one!!keep em coming!!

#37 TK

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Posted 06 May 2008 - 09:11 PM

Haiya Fitri...that bad ah...

Thanks for the update..

check SZB thread...i got the P-3 Orion and B707 both RAAF...
pls update further fitri Thanks...

#38 Peter Smith

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Posted 06 May 2008 - 10:20 PM

Fitri, awesome bro! atleast you got 1 of the 3 in new 37sqn (Trojan) colours!

M. Faridz, all our J's are the stretched -30 model. Now to wait and see whether we get the mini Herc J's (AKA C-27J spartan) to attempt to replace our Caribou's!

Edited by Liam Gibb, 06 May 2008 - 10:22 PM.


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Posted 07 May 2008 - 12:40 AM

QUOTE (Liam Gibb @ May 6 2008, 06:20 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Fitri, awesome bro! atleast you got 1 of the 3 in new 37sqn (Trojan) colours!

M. Faridz, all our J's are the stretched -30 model. Now to wait and see whether we get the mini Herc J's (AKA C-27J spartan) to attempt to replace our Caribou's!
Ho!Ho!really love the mighty Herk...especially the Js with that new prop...C27 Spartans?..saw the demo ac in Dubai Airshow a couple of years back doing barrel roll with the ramp open and the quartermaster standing there!!!really impressive mini herk!!


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Posted 08 May 2008 - 01:42 PM

whoa..military birds thread back online!i envy u la..getting the chance to snapped such wonderful close up photos of those planes..if i had an RMAF base that close i would buy a khemah and camp there..but nearest airbase for me would be sg. besi and i dont think those nuris are worth camping out for.. tongue.gif

i remember how excited i was at LIMA but was severely dissapointed when i realized that my 3.2mpx camera produced pathetic pictures..considering the time i spent at the airport during LIMA,you could understand my dissapointment for not getting even one quality picture of the planes flying,taking off etc.. sorry.gif

but still,the excitement of watching those planes zooming about in the sky is something i still 'feel' until today..i love planes that much! smile.gif

my kampung is in kepala batas and i wonder why i never thought of stopping by at the butterworth AB..

Edited by iwan, 08 May 2008 - 01:45 PM.





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