December 9, 2009

LIMA 2009: Langkawi air show thrills the crowd

The weather was perfect for flying. The thousands who came to watch the air show on Saturday 5th December 2009 at the 10th edition of Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace 2009 (Lima 2009) exhibition in Padang Matsirat international airport, Langkawi, Malaysia were treated to an exciting high-performance and breathtaking demonstration of aerial manouvres of aircrafts on aerial display.

Lima 2009 was held in Langkawi from December 1 – 5, 2009 and showcased military aircraft, warships and the latest defense technology.

Aerial display:

The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) thundered the air show over the sky at Padang Matsirat international airport, Langkawi with a roaring display of aerobatic manouvres by its fleet of three MiG-29N Fulcrum fighter jets during Lima 2009.

The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) thrill the crowds of Lima 2009 with fanciful aerial displays of its MiG 29N Fulcrum air superiority fighter jets.

Two MiG-29N Fulcrum fighter jets make their final appearance displaying their flying skills and capabilities. Malaysia bought 18 of the MiG-29N in 1994 and will phase out the fighter jets by end of 2010 and replace them with a more capable and all-rounder, multi-role combat aircraft.

The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) performed spectacular and breathtaking aerobatic maneuvers with its state-of-the-art Sukhoi SU-30MKM multi-role combat aircraft.

The Sukhoi Su-30MKM multi-role fighter in aerial display. Malaysia bought 18 Su-30s in a deal signed in 2003 and received delivery of the first batch of aircraft in 2007. The fighter jets formed the 11th Squadron of the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) and is Malaysia’s frontline squadron based at Gong Kedak, Kelantan. As part of the deal, the Russians sent a Malaysian astronaut to the ISS on October 10, 2007.

The Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) strike/interdictor aircraft Boeing F-111 Aardvark performing a dump-and-burn fuel dump for the Lima 2009 spectacular. The fuel is intentionally ignited using the aircraft's afterburner.

The F-111 Aardvark with its variable-sweep wings lights the fuel dump and appears to be on fire.

The F-111 Aadvark of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) with its wings unswept.

The Royal Singapore Air Force (RSAF) showcased its AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopter. Malaysia is proud of Singapore’s maiden presence in Lima 2009.

A breathtaking flying demonstration by the Royal Singapore Air Force (RSAF) with its AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopter and a F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jet flying in tandem in Lima 2009 for the first time.

The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) demonstrating the capabilities of the air force's Pilatus PC-7 MkII trainer aircraft. The RMAF has bought 10 PC-7 MKII Pilatus trainer aircraft in 2007 at the cost of RM213mil as part of plans to upgrade the training of its pilots.

The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency’s Bombardier CL-415 amphibious aircraft displaying its agility in its multi-role use such as maritime surveillance, coastal patrol, search and rescue, fire-fighting and utility transport.

Static display:

Malaysia is the first country in this region to produce its own Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) code-named “Yabhon Aludra”.

The aircrafts on display are parked on the tarmac at Padang Matsirat in Langkawi for Lima 2009. Thousands of visitors entered the venue by purchasing RM10.00 tickets.

It was an exciting day of interesting aircraft and helicopters at static display at the tarmac of Padang Matsirat international airport in Langkawi during Lima 2009.

The Sukhoi SU-30MKM Flanker attracts visitors who took snaps posing in front of the amazing machine.

The Sukhoi SU-30MKM is the jewel of the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF).

Side view of the Sukhoi SU-30MKM.

Two Sukhoi SU-30MKM on ground display.

The MiG-29N Fulcrum air superiority fighter.

Back view of the MiG-29N Fulcrum.

A line-up of Malaysia's MiG 29N Fulcrum air superiority fighters at the tarmac of Padang Matsirat international airport, Langkawi during Lima 2009. The formed the No 17/19 Squadron - the Smokey Bandits - of the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF).

The Aermacchi MB-339CM advance jet trainer of the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF). It had earlier taken off for aerobatic display.

The F/A-18D Hornets of the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF). However it did not take to the skies.

The Hawk MK 208 trainer and ground attack aircraft of the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF). It too did not take to the skies.

The Royal Australian Air Force's (RAAF) F-111 Aardvark strike/interdictor aircraft with its armament of bombs and missiles on display. The F-111 has variable-sweep wings that allow the pilot to fly from slow approach speeds to supersonic velocity at sea level and more than twice the speed of sound at higher altitudes.

The elite arm of the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) Special Air Unit (PASKAU or Pasukan Khas Udara) patrolling the tarmac at Padang Matsirat international airport.

Visitors crowding the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency’s Bombardier CL-415 amphibious aircraft. On display at the airshow are a variety of aircraft, mostly military airplanes and helicopters.

The Russian-made Mi-171 search and rescue version for the Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) of Malaysia.

The Royal Malaysian Navy's Super Lynx MK-100 from its maker AgustaWestland is a multi-purpose helicopter and armed with three short-range air-to-surface (ASM) Sea Skua missile and a Browning AN/M3M .50 calibre heavy machine gun.

Visitors were overjoyed on being allowed to sit in a helicopter on static display.

Visitors queueing up to get a chance to sit on the cockpit of a jet fisgter. No fee is charged,

This lucky lady got the chance to sit in the cockpit of a jet fighter and have her photo taken by her friend.

Its thumbs up for Lima 2009 from this man Leong Yin Chee sitting on the cockpit of a jet fighter. Leong said he had come all the way from Petaling Jaya to visit his first Lima and it was really wonderful for him and will return for Lima 2011.

Machine gun armament mounted in the nose cowling of a jet fighter.

At The Mahsuri International Exhibition Centre (MIEC):

The Lima 2009 is always a worthy opportunity for local and international companies to exhibit their latest airborne and aerospace technology, land-based equipment and ground defence technology.

Visitors viewing a model of a Scorpene-class diesel-electric submarine.

DCNS (Direction des Constructions Navales Services) is a French naval defence company and is one of Europe's leading shipbuilders. DCNS and Spanish naval shipbuilder Navantia jointly developed KD Tunku Abdul Rahman which is the first of two Scorpene submarines ordered by Malaysia in June 2002.

Russia's UAC (United Aircraft Corporation) booth display models of Sukhoi military aircraft.

The Swedish aerospace company SAAB (Svenska Aeroplan AB) display a model of its next generation multi-role fighter Gripen NG.

Leading aerospace manufacturer Airbus exhibited latest models of their aircrafts at the Lima 2009 show.

The wide range of helicopters in different shapes, sizes and colours wowed visitors.

The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) booth is packed with visitors interested to know more about its role and functions in defending the country in peacetime and wartime.

The Apache Longbow helicopter team members of the Royal Singapore Air Force (RSAF) at their booth.

Booth girl Nur Siti Aishah at the Italian's Fincantieri booth. Fincantieri is renowned as a premier shipbuilder of both commercial and military vessels.

Booth girl Joanne Khor at the Brahmos booth. Brahmos is a supersonic cruise missile capable of being launched from multiple platforms based on land, sea, sub-sea and air against sea and land targets.

Vhongani Shumba at the Africa Aerospace and Defence booth promoting the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD2010) trade expo to be held on September 21-23, 2010 at Air Force Base Ysterplaat, Cape Town, South Africa. The AAD2010 is an international showcase for civilian and military aviation, maritime and land-based defence and security related technologies.

The Affin Bank booth offers forex services for visitors and military personnel from foreign countries during the exhibition. Its customer relationship executives (CRE) were on site to assist business partners and potential new clients for banking products and services. Affin Bank is the Official Bank and Forex Agent at Lima 2009.

At Porto Malai:

The venue of the maritime segment show of Lima 2009 exhibition.

Warships and vessels are berthed at Awana Porto Malai jetty for visitors to see.

Sorry the gate is closed. Many who had arrived at Awana Porto Malai jetty to view the star of the show - the French-made SSK Scorpene submarine KD Tunku Abdul Rahman - after watching the aerobatic and static display of aircrafts earlier at Padang Matsirat international airport were greeted with this unwelcome sign that said the visiting hour is closed at 3.00 pm. How disappointing and frustrating it was. An angry visitor claimed that an official told him the vessel required two hours to heat up its engines. So could anyone from the Lima 2009 organizer explain for the early closure of the visiting hour please.

Mai Tomyam managed to take a photo-shot of Malaysia’s first submarine, the French-made SSK Scorpene, KD Tunku Abdul Rahman, using a 18x135mm zoom len from outside the closed gate. It is one of two Scorpene submarines acquired by the Malaysian government to strengthen the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN).

A vessel belonging to the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency berthed at the waters off Porto Malai, Langkawi.

Passengers boarding the ferry Ekspres Bahagia II at Kuah jetty as they leave for home after the Lima 2009 show ended.

A notice inside the Ekspress Bahgia II ferry. Alright, so you can drink beer but no berr please!

The Eagle of Langkawi:

The main attraction in Langkawi is the magnificent statue of the reddish brown eagle majestically poised for flight at Dataran Lang (Eagle Square) located next to the Kuah ferry terminal. Mai Tomyam had taken close-up photos of the icon of Langkawi at various angle of views.

No you can't climb up there and sit on the eagle's back to take your pic.

Interesting facts:
Eagle’s height: 42.5 feets
Wing span: 71.75 feets
Rock base’s height: 20.0 feets
Number of feathers: 1,410 pieces
Construction period: 4 months
Steel: 52,663 tons
Concrete: 27 cubic meters

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