Tuesday, December 18, 2007

LIMA 2007

I just got back from my 4-day trip to Langkawi. I was there along with 2 crews to do a feature on Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) 2007.

From left: Ijat (cameraman), Hazi (Technician), Mua

We were up in the tower where the commentators were. It was 91 steps up and swayed at the top. Definitely not for the faint hearted.

But we got a first-class view of the whole aerospace event.

The picture above was taken on Friday morning, when the event was just open to public. Those aircrafts displayed at the front row are old RMAF aircrafts from as early as 1958 also aircrafts used for training.

The more modern fighter jets are F18...

CO F18 Hornet team in the green uniform


Major Sebastian, Team Leader of MiG-29

and of course, the latest and most sophisticated Sukhoi SU-30.

Honestly, I would never have known how to differentiate these aircrafts if I wasn't at LIMA. They all looked the same to me..hehe!

Australian F11

British Royal Air Force's aerobatic team, Red Arrows, blew me (and everyone else) away. Such precision and perfect coordination with a few near misses to thrill the crowd.

The 9 aircrafts looked as if they were joined together

Interviewing the public

Eurocopter - it can make a full loop! Crazy!

It was the first time I came close to a helicopter. Didn't expect the sound to be that deafening and debris to shoot at you like tiny bullets. We were given the honour of being the first media to board MINDEF's latest heli - Agusta 109M.

I attempted to do a standupper (commentary) on board but the sound was just too loud that it drowned my voice.

Best part of my trip was at the Maritime part of LIMA. We took a boat out for fleet review. We came close to the biggest ship on display - Republic of Korea (ROKS) Dok-do.

The crew with Kim, Korean Navy representative
We approached them stage by stage. First to shoot from the outside. Then to shoot closer to the ship. After that we asked if we could go on board, but was turned down. Somehow a few moments later we were given the green light. Hoooray!

We were told by Malaysia Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) PR, Mejar Hanafi, that we were the only media to be allowed on board Dok-do for an exclusively tour. So honoured :) The ship is as long as 2 football fields, carries up to 13 tanks and 13 helicopters, over 400 crews.

Ijat, Mejar Hanafi (from MINDEF) and me

Ijat and me inside Dok-do

Once we completed our shoot, we celebrated with Cendol Pulut and Laksa Power by the roadside. They live up to the name coz both Cendol and Laksa really nice, no kidding.

Great trip, good experience...and my sunburnt arms will remind me of it.

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