Singapore Air Force Museum

Published on January 2nd 2015

Lately I visited Singapore Air Force Museum, but it was closed for renovation and will be reopen in late March. The new, as well as, the old gallery is designed and created by PICO Singapore. Which also means we will soon have another trip in 2015. It took a long trip to arrive here so I don’t want to waste the chance to observes these flying fighting machine in the outdoor gallery.

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I wandered around I paid attention to those circle sign on the plane. While I’m doodling the timeline of these symbol, uncle Sim pick up a chat with me. He’s a retired navy soldier but now working at Air Force Museum, a very chit chat tour guider. According to uncle Sim, these circular logos are called Roundels and the chart I noted down display the evolution its design in Singapore Air Force History.

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1968 – 1973


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Royal Air Force


The first one, which is used from 1968 to 1973 is modified version from Royal Air Force. As we know Singapore used to be British’s colony, therefore, after become independent, they received these planes from British. So they covered the blue ring with red paint and ta-ta-daaaa, Singapore first generation roundel. Apparently Peruvian and Turkish Air Force have the similar design, so I suspect this is the reason why they need to be redesigned. The second look is my least favorite, and uncle Sim claimed that it was very much alike Korean Air Force. In my opinion I found the Ying-Yang symbol is too Chinese-culture concentrated.

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1973 – 1990


The second look is my least favorite, and uncle Sim claimed that it was very much alike Korean Air Force. In my opinion I found the Ying-Yang symbol is too Chinese-culture concentrated. So in 1990, the latest design came up, with our beloved and behated Merlion. Above the sky and beneath the cloud, it probably looks like a red ring with a weird red shape.

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1973 – 1990
Well let’s wait for the new Museum open and we will have a better look the current roundels.