It was really unfortunate that the ROKAF Black Eagles pulled out as a result of one of it’s Aircraft being Involved in an Accident whilst attempting a Take Off on 6th of February (Aircraft involved Flipped over on the RWY 20R, damaged beyond repair), this piece of news came as a “shock” to many Aviation Enthusiasts and to those who had plans of witnessing those sharp maneuvers followed by plumes of coloured smoke that often vary between Blue, Red or just simply white.
The last time I went (2014 Edition of the Airshow, also my first time witnessing the Black Eagles display), the Black Eagles dazzled the audience with some incredible adrenaline pumping turns and twists. This was a similar case in the 2016th edition of the Airshow. It was a huge disappointment that they won’t be performing this time round on both public days.
As a result, the Jupiter Aerobatic Team from Indonesia was the only one that performed as a team amongst all the other solo displays, excluding the RSAF’s display. The Jupiter display was something which everyone looked forward to; upon having heard the news that the Black Eagles pulled out, since the Jupiters offered the “Team” element.
The Jupiter display did not fail to disappoint. The audience was pleasantly pleased with what they saw. Clever maneuvers that were often met with cheers and claps; which left the audience wanting for more. Sure, the KAI KT-1 is a trainer, sure, it can’t fly up to mach 1.5 and perform those “crazy” fast-paced manuevers with vapours forming on the airframe as a result pulling some incredible Gs. However, the display was still on point, flawless, amazing and spectacular, all at the same time. Pulling off some incredible stunts trailed by unmistakeable white plumes of smoke emitting from an outlet at the side of the aircraft which shows the flight path of the aircraft, creating some visual splendours, in some way, seems artistic. A rather significant “vroom” can be heard whenever the group flies by and fades away as the group disappears into the distance. Using all these necessary elements, the Jupiter put up a splendid show on the 10th (see pictures). Let’s have a look at how the team came about.