Malaysia gained independence from the United Kingdom on August 31st, 1957. The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF or in Malay, TUDM – Tentera Udara Diraja Malaysia) was formed on June 2nd, 1958 but was then known as the Royal Federation of Malaya Air Force (RFMAF). Prior to this, the Malaysian Auxiliary Air Force operated within… Read More Twin Pioneer – The First Aircraft of the Royal Malaysian Air Force
Continuing on from the Malaysian nautical theme of my previous post, SMD Quessant was a French Agosta class submarine used to train the first Royal Malaysian Navy sub crews from 2005 to 2009 in preparation for operation of their two Scorpène class diesel-powered submarines. Today you can tour the submarine on the outskirts of the city of Malacca in… Read More Muzium Kapal Selam – A French Submarine & Malaysian Combat Jets in Malacca, Malaysia
The insect like, diminutive, short ranged but effective Westland Wasp HAS Mk.I Anti Submarine Warfare (ASW) helicopter takes centre place in the Royal Malaysian Navy Museum (Muzium TLDM) in Malacca. This is part of the Maritime Museum complex. Despite its relatively small size (perfect for ship borne flying), the Wasp had a crew of 2… Read More Muzium TLDM – Westland Wasp of the Royal Malaysian Navy
In the royal town of Kuala Kangsar in Perak state is an unusual Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) Douglas A-4PTM Skyhawk attack aircraft monument (PTM = Peculiar To Malaysia!). It kind of resembles a Skyhawk on an aircraft carrier deck. Now this is nothing unusual for some operators of the A-4 but Malaysia has never… Read More The Douglas A-4PTM Skyhawk – Peculiar To Malaysia!
Continuing on from my previous post about the airpark of the Philippine Air Force Aerospace Museum at Villamor Air Base near the Manila Airport (Terminal 3) during my visit in April 2018, let’s now take a look inside the mercifully air-conditioned museum building itself. Here you can see various aircraft, vehicles, weaponry, models, uniforms, medals,… Read More Philippine Air Force Aerospace Museum – Part II
One of the key places I wanted to visit whilst travelling in the Philippines during April 2018, was naturally the Philippine Air Force Aerospace Museum at Villamor Air Base near the Manila Airport (Terminal 3)! This relatively small museum is easy to access and entry via the base gate only requires some official identification to… Read More Philippine Air Force Aerospace Museum – Part I
There is an Aussie in disguise at the Indonesian Air Force Museum (Museum Dirgantara Mandala) in Yogyakarta, Java and it’s not me! Within the main museum building hangar you will find a well-preserved former RAAF CAC CA-27 Sabre jet fighter in Indonesian Air Force (TNI-AU) markings (TS-8618, formerly RAAF A94-370). The CA-27 was a modified… Read More Indonesia’s Aussie in Disguise!