Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Perth December 2003

Our formal group photo at the RSAF Flying Training School, Perth, Australia

Pearce Airbase attachment in 2003, this is an annual exchange for air cadets to learn more about the life of a pilot trainee life. The exchange lasted a week long. Well, this is the priviledge of being an air cadet. We have more opportunites to fly overseas. This time, its to Perth. This time round, HQ manage to book the air tickets from SIA. Btw i did not pay anything for the air ticket. Haha courtesy of NCC HQ.
The flying attire for our pilots

S211 trainers, that our pilots use. This is the last stage before they are assign to their specialisation in either fix or rotary wing training.
Mazlinah with one of the trainee
Our Group photo.

Flight simulator training, the thing is we didn't actually get to fly the real thing so this is as close as we can get.
There is usually a lot of spare time in between our programme hence one of thing we did was to schedule time to visit other places. This photo is to an orange plantation that is near the base.
The four old guys having a group photo at the plantation
The workers planting the orange trees.
The S211 taxing on the runway
Our transportation is a small minibus with the registration plate initial, RSAF. That car plate attracted a lot of eyes when we are out visiting places such as the chocholate factory.
Everyone had a room to himself and this is suppose to be where they bunk new trainees, nickname the HDB, before moving them to another hostel, nickname the Condo. Well you can really see how well the airforce take care of its people in terms of facilities. You won't get such a thing in the army.
The Squandron office
Visit to Caversham Wildlife Park.
We also get to visit the Australian side of the base. Here we are standing with Sean on an Australian trainer plane
A visit to the one of the air force museum. There is plenty of old aircrafts in their collection on display such as this biplane here to spitfires, aircraft lovers paradise.

Besides that, they do put other artefacts such as this Luger and other WW1 and 2 items.
Fisherman market
Our escort giving a token appreciation to the CO of the host squandron. Behind are the delegates from SYFC that are in the programme as well.Somehow we got the wrong message in terms of dress code on that day and while everyone dress down, we were all in our no3.
Lunch serve at the mess, it happens to be their family day when this picture was taken. Btw air force food is always better than army food and i am not kidding. All the air bases that i visit have all pretty nice stuff that are comparable to those outside.
One of the monuments that we took a group photo. Left were the NCC people and on the right the SYFC people. Me with Tim outside one of the Casino resort there, dun worry i didn't gamble, just using it as a backdrop. As all good air cadets do, we have contacts with cadets from different parts of the world. Tim happens to be my bunk mate in Canada the year before and when i dropped him an email to say that i was coming, he offered and took me around town.
One of the submarines that i saw at their naval yard. Somehow i find it wierd that the place is quite open and near to the public.
We also got to wittness their street parade to celebrate christmas. One last thing, Perth is a dead city at night and its shop close at 5 so do bring things to do if u are planning a trip there. Another thing that you might like to know is that there are quite a few factory outlets such as Nike and Fila and prices are much cheaper than in Singapore, the price difference can be more than half.

1 comment:

Joanna said...

Heya Des! I took a pic with that Wombat at the wildlife park too! ahahahaha...