CHANGI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Singapore -- A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress bomber conducted a flyover during the 2018 Singapore International Air Show at Changi Exhibition Centre here Feb. 10.
The flyover was part of the U.S. presence at the air show, the largest defense exhibition and international tradeshow in the Pacific, Feb. 6-11. This year’s exhibition marks the 6th iteration since its inception and also highlights the Republic of Singapore Air Force’s (RSAF) 50th anniversary.
“The U.S. is honored to participate in the Singapore International Air Show and celebrate alongside the RSAF as they observe 50 years of dedicated service to their nation,” said Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander. “Our commitment to Singapore and the entire region is demonstrated through the participation of so many U.S. military members, airframes and equipment, as well as the presence of our U.S. military leadership.”
Approximately 140 U.S. personnel and a variety of U.S. military and international aircraft are participating through static display and aerial demonstrations. Appearing for the first time at the airshow, the U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lighting II, along with the F-22 Raptor, who made its debut in 2016. In addition to the 5th generation fighters, the C-17 Globemaster III, E-3B Sentry, KC-135 Stratotanker, RQ-4 Global Hawk, B-52H Stratofortress, P-8 Poseidon, AH-6 Little Bird, F-16 Fighting Falcon, and F-18 Super Hornet.
In addition to O’Shaughnessy, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein and Heidi Grant, Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force, International Affairs, were among the U.S. Air Force delegation present to open the week’s festivities, and meet with regional counterparts and Airmen. The air show also hosts more than 50 nations and foreign delegations including 1,000 participating defense contractors.
“Our relationship with Singapore and the many nations present this week represents a unique strength where continued cooperation and integration at events like these will ensure continued peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific,” O’Shaughnessy said.
Supporting the Singapore International Air Show provides the U.S. with an opportunity to promote interoperability, display a wide array of military capabilities, and create lasting relationships with international audiences
Two bombers took off from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, as part of the U.S. Pacific Command’s continuous bomber presence missions, which have been routinely employed since March 2004 and are in accordance with international law.