This picture was taken during the National Day Parade 2008. Part of the Black Knights routine. Black Knights is the Singapore Air Force’s aerobatic team.

Unlike most countries, like the Red Arrows of England or Thunderbirds of the USA, the Black Knights are not full time aerobatic pilots and they do this over and above their primary responsibility as fighter pilots.

I agree with this approach of not having a full time aerobatics team. If you have to have a aerobatics team, have it part time. I can’t understand utilizing tax payers money as well as the impact on the environment by having a full time aerobatics team. Perhaps there is a national interest, maybe in the context of national pride or demonstrating capability but I think our Black Knights do perfectly fine as an addition to their most important day job.

Read more about Black Knights here.