We visited the RSAF Museum

The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Museum was incepted in 1988 and was originally located in Changi Air Base. The compound we visited is the museum’s 2nd home, located at Paya Lebar Air Base. The museum resides on 10,600 sqm land, with a total built up area of 4,600 sqm.  The exhibition area spans across two levels and includes indoor and outdoor exhibits.

RSAF Museum

Entrance is free! We started off with a short video on RSAF history before venturing off to explore the Outdoor Gallery.

Outdoor Gallery

There are several fighter jets, missiles, and anti-aircraft systems on display. These are decommissioned planes and equipment which have contributed to the RSAF’s growth over the years.

There were so many displays. I took just a couple of photos to post here. The museum has taken great pains to provide history and specifications of each exhibit.

RSAF museum
The display in the foreground is a drone target, shot down with an RBS 70 missile during a live firing in Sweden in 1980.

This Bloodhound Missile is an anti-aircraft guided weapon sub-system that the British handed over to Singapore in 1970. It functions as a semi-active homing missile, which uses a radar transmitter to ‘illuminate’ its targets with radio waves and a receiver to follow their reflected signals.
There is no description for this display, with a dry cloth hanged on its wheels. Is this a fire extinguisher? Please enlighten me by typing in the comment box below.



Indoor Gallery

Detailed exposition on RSAF history and jets provided in the Indoor Gallery is definitely meant for the aircraft enthusiastic. Nonetheless, we still have fun with some of the interactive games and lots of photo-taking opportunities.

A viewing point from the Indoor Gallery for visitors to once again appreciate the displays in the Outdoor Gallery.
Jet Engine. About a decade after its inception, the RSAF entered the realm of supersonic flight with its first F-SE/F Tiger II fighter jet. Inspired by the rear engine of the aircraft, this engine is an artist’s impression of its afterburner.
The interactive timeline shows how the RSAF’s capabilities have evolved since its formative years in the 1960s.

Basic Flight Simulator

The simulator allows visitors to experience the challenges and heights of piloting an advanced fighter jet. Unfortunately, it was not unavailable for us to try out when we were there.

 

Getting there.

Museum address: 400 Airport Road, Singapore 534234.

The museum is located in a ‘ulu pandan place’, meaning somewhere off the beaten track. But going to the museum is not that difficult. If you are going there by public transport, take an MRT ride to Eunos MRT Station and transfer to bus number 94 from the bus interchange. The bus will take you right to the museum’s doorstep after a 20-minute ride. Please note bus 94 does not operate on Sunday, and the museum is closed on Monday and public holidays.

As there is only a vending machine there and it is not well-stocked up. you may wish to bring your snacks and drinks.

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One Reply to “We visited the RSAF Museum”

  1. Thanks for sharing. Very informative.