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Singapore Airshow: Aerobatics and aircraft displays wow crowds on final day

Mr Manickam Ramesh (foreground, second from right), 31, enjoys an outing with his friends as they check out the static display area at the Singapore Airshow 2014 on Sunday, Feb 16, 2014. They are part of a group of 100 foreign workers whose dormitory
Mr Manickam Ramesh (foreground, second from right), 31, enjoys an outing with his friends as they check out the static display area at the Singapore Airshow 2014 on Sunday, Feb 16, 2014. They are part of a group of 100 foreign workers whose dormitory boss subsidised their airshow tickets and transport.  -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN 
Mr Thangaraju Suresh (extreme left), 32, and Mr Selvam Sivaraman (extreme right), 30, react during the heart-shaped aerial display formation by the Air Force Black Knights at the Singapore Airshow 2014 on Sunday, Feb 16, 2014. They are part of a grou
Mr Thangaraju Suresh (extreme left), 32, and Mr Selvam Sivaraman (extreme right), 30, react during the heart-shaped aerial display formation by the Air Force Black Knights at the Singapore Airshow 2014 on Sunday, Feb 16, 2014. They are part of a group of 100 foreign workers, whose dormitory boss subsidised their Airshow tickets and transport.  -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
A member of the public watches the morning aerial display at the Singapore Airshow 2014 on Sunday, Feb 16, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
A member of the public watches the morning aerial display at the Singapore Airshow 2014 on Sunday, Feb 16, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Members of the public queue to get into the United States Air Force C-17 at the Singapore Airshow 2014 on Sunday, Feb 16, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN 
Members of the public queue to get into the United States Air Force C-17 at the Singapore Airshow 2014 on Sunday, Feb 16, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN 
Members of the public surround the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter plane on display at the Singapore Airshow 2014 on Sunday, Feb 16, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN 
Members of the public surround the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter plane on display at the Singapore Airshow 2014 on Sunday, Feb 16, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN 
Seven-year-old Kushal Kota (left) tries out the machine gun on the V200A Armoured Fighting Vehicle together with his father Mr Subbarao Kota, 39, at the Singapore Airshow 2014 on Sunday, Feb 16, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Seven-year-old Kushal Kota (left) tries out the machine gun on the V200A Armoured Fighting Vehicle together with his father Mr Subbarao Kota, 39, at the Singapore Airshow 2014 on Sunday, Feb 16, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Members of the public watch the morning aerial display by the Air Force Black Knights, a six-ship formation display, at the Singapore Airshow 2014 on Sunday, Feb 16, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Members of the public watch the morning aerial display by the Air Force Black Knights, a six-ship formation display, at the Singapore Airshow 2014 on Sunday, Feb 16, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Members of the public watch the morning aerial display by the Air Force Black Knights, a six-ship formation display, at the Singapore Airshow 2014 on Sunday, Feb 16, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Members of the public watch the morning aerial display by the Air Force Black Knights, a six-ship formation display, at the Singapore Airshow 2014 on Sunday, Feb 16, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN

Some 40,000 people packed Changi Exhibition Centre for the second day running as the Singapore Airshow 2014 drew to a close on Sunday.

Tickets for both public days were sold out. Visitors on the second day braved the heat to catch aerial stunts performed by pilots from the Black Knights - the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) aerial display team - who flew six F-16C Fighting Falcons decked out in red, white and the national symbols of the crescent moon and five stars.

Eight fighter aces from South Korea's Black Eagles squad also wowed the crowd and signed autographs for fans.

There were long queues at the static aircraft displays as well. with some 50 aircraft on display over the weekend.

Many were willing to wait more than an hour for a chance to sit in the cockpit of one of the RSAF's F-16D+ and F-15SG fighter jets, or explore the inside of the United States Air Force's C-17 transport aircraft.

Secondary school student Jordan Lee, 14, beat the queues by arriving at 9am, with his father Joel, 57, and sister Josie, 11.

They enjoyed the aerial displays and this was their third time attending the Airshow. But the real draw for Jordan was seeing all the complicated machinery up close, and trying to understand how they work, he said.

His father, a lecturer, called him a "walking encyclopedia".

Jordan said his favourite plane was the C-17, because "it is quite new and powerful, it holds more cargo, and it sometimes even transports the presidential car of the United States President".

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