Wednesday, June 1, 2016


Every 31st May marks the anniversary of Royal Brunei Arm Forces. This year they are celebrating it 55 year of defense and nation building. Like the years before SOAS College Air Scout Troop takes this opportunity to visit aircraft and talk to pilots and RBAF personnel. In the past a few troop members have become pilots and aircraft technicians. 

Young air scouts should be talking about actually being an aircraft, learning why it is shaped like that, learning controls and asking about instrumentation. Because the country needs young generation to replace the existing pilots and engineers.

Another fun stuff is to see actual helicopter landings and how they maneuver in the air
A great surprise was meeting with two legends of the Air Force. Col. (R) Hamid Nayan and Col. (R) Rashid.  They were the ones who actually flew the Bell Jet Ranger Helicopter (seen behind) since 1976. It was used as a trainer aircraft and still in use today. Col. (R) Hamid was also one of the first Sikorsky Blackhawk pilots and both became Deputy Commanders of the Air Force before retirement.
It was truly a great honor to meet such legends who paved the way for our modern Royal Brunei Air Force