When to catch the Republic of Singapore Air Force practicing for NDP

SINGAPORE | The RSAF have begun rehearsing their aerial display for National Day Parade, with further rehearsals scheduled roughly once per week until the 9th August.

NDP 2020 celebrates Singapore’s 55th year of independence, which would usually call for a larger-than-usual military parade and aerial display. However, the event is to be scaled back amid the coronavirus pandemic, with the size of the parade reduced by 90 per cent or more compared to last year.

Unlike most years, when displays are centered on Marina Bay or the Padang, events this year will be spread across the island. This will include the mobile column and an aerial display, with the latter featuring a five-ship formation of F-15SGs from 149 Squadron at Paya Lebar, as well as the traditional state flag flypast, featuring a Chinook and two Apaches. The Red Lions freefall team will also participate throughout the day, landing in the heartlands for the first time, although the precise location of the drop zones is not yet publicly known.

Prime Minister Ng Eng Hen said: “if Singaporeans cannot perform or come to the NDP, why not bring the NDP right to the homes of all Singaporeans across the island?

“SAF helicopters will fly our National Flag in the sky to the strain of Majulah Singapura sung by her citizens over many parts of Singapore. SAF planes will take to the air and fly past housing estates. Look out also for the Red Lions that will land in selected destinations in the heartlands.”

Rehearsals will take place most Saturdays until National Day Parade itself on the 9th August.

Date Time Event
Thursday 25th June 09:00-11:30 RSAF Internal Rehearsal
Saturday 4th July 09:00-11:30 Combined Rehearsal 1
Saturday 11th July 09:00-11:30 Combined Rehearsal 2
Saturday 18th July 09:00-11:30 Combined Rehearsal 3
Saturday 25th July 09:00-11:30 Combined Rehearsal 4
Saturday 1st August 09:00-11:30 Combined Rehearsal 5
Sunday 9th August 09:00-11:30 National Day Parade (morning segment)
Sunday 9th August 18:30-20:30 National Day Parade (evening segment)
Monday 10th August 09:00-11:30 National Day Parade (reserve slot)

The most intense aerial activity is likely to be between 10:30 and 11:00 during CR1, CR2, CR3, CR4 and the NDP morning segment.