Black Knights History

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The Republic of Singapore Air Force aerobatic team Black Knights was created in 1973.

The first public demonstration of the Black Knights was on June 7, 1976 in Changi airbase on the occasion of the Singapore Air Force Day. From team's creation, until 1983, Black Knights flew four Hawker Hunter airplanes.

In 1981 from the RSAF was created another aerobatic team Flying Tigers flying with new received F-5E Tiger planes. After Black Knights stopped to use Hunters, Flying Tigers obtained Black Knights role and name. That's the way how Black Knights became to fly with five F-5E.

In 1990 the team started to fly with six A-4SU Super Skyhawk planes. This was the Singapore upgraded version of the Skyhawk, equipped with more powerful engine.

In 1999 at RSAF was appeared an idea to equipped the team with six F-16, but the Commanding staff granted just two. Thus the Black Knights became the unique aerobatic team using two different aircraft in its demonstration, four A-4SU and two F-16A. The first public airshow with this formation was on Asian Aerospace Exhibition in Singapore airbase Changi, in Feb 2000. The A-4 airplanes were equipped with white smoke generators, while the the F-16's with red smoke systems.

In the autumn of 2007, the team's dream to fly with six F-16's became to true. The Black Knights received another four F-16 fighters and start to training to the upcoming Singapore Aerospace Exhibition starting on Feb 19, 2008. This was the date of the first six F-16s formation public demonstration of the Black Knights. All six F-16 fighters were equipped with white smoke generators.

On Apr 24, 2008 they made its foreign debut visiting airshow in Bangkok, Thailand, but only with five planes, because of malfunction of #4 plane.

In 2009 the Black Knights were temporary disbanded. In 2013 the team was reestablished again with new aircraft F-16C and with new livery. 

Six A-4SU Super Skyhawk from 1990 to 2000 Four A-4SU Super Skyhawk and two F-16A from 2000 to 2007 Six F-16A Fighting Falcon from 2008 to 2009 F-16C Fighting Falcon from 2013

Aerobatic Teams