Military aircraft spotting in Singapore can be a challenging hobby for aerial spotters. But the experience can be rewarding as well. I have been procrastinating on this personal photographic project due to uncertainty if I will be arrested by the authorities for photographing “sensitive” military assets. But good news to readers thinking of embarking on this hobby, as long as you are taking pictures of the aircraft in an open area it should not be an offence, as the internet is already filled with these aircraft anyway.
To many military aircraft enthusiasts in Singapore, like myself, the chance to shoot the aircrafts within close proximity are limited to the “open-house” organized by the armed forces on a bi-annual basis or during some special events. So being able to engage in military aircraft spotting in Singapore during normal times is a special treat.
RSAF F16 Fighting Falcons returning to base in western region of Singapore.
Spotters must adhere to ethics in this hobby. They must not scout and take pictures of airbases or sensitive areas at any time. Naturally, to better enjoy spotting and achieve reasonable results, suitable camera gear and skill sets (mindset too) will go a long way towards a fulfilling hobby. The bonus of camaraderie between like-minded spotters can be enriching too.
Gulfstream trainer jet and RSAF F16s on routine exercise.
RSAF F15SG returning to base after overseas exercise.
Sharing of views and angles can improve spotter’s skill quickly.
Military aircraft spotting in Singapore involves researching the vicinity map and flight paths of the planes. This enhance spotters’ basic ability to locate strategic spots that reward with great angles of the planes. Sharing of shooting location is common among spotters but its not unusual most will try shroud their choice venue in secrecy.
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