On April Fool’s Day, I started writing my first post for the A-to-Z Challenge. In this challenge, bloggers from all over the blogsphere have endeavoured to write one post every day for 26 days in April, except on Sundays. The topics to write on will follow the letters of the alphabet, starting with ‘A’ on 1 April, followed by ‘B’ on 2 April, and so forth…
To ensure that I post on every day that I should be posting, I made a list of all the topics I would write on from A to Z yesterday. So, fingers crossed and here goes… 😉
A is for AEROPLANE
A trip to the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition 2015 (LIMA 2015)
Since I was a student, I always saw reports on LIMA on the prime time news, but I never went. So, this year, a colleague of mine had gotten himself some special passes, and four of us decided to go on Saturday, 21 March 2015 to the 13th edition of LIMA. While the men obviously went to gawk at weaponry, state-of-the-art maritime and aerospace technology and the like, I only went with two objectives in mind – to photograph aeroplanes on display and to see/photograph aeroplanes performing in live shows.
I was not disappointed. It was scorching in the afternoon heat, and at some point dark clouds rolled in and I thought there might be a downpour to dampen our enthusiasm, but the sunshine prevailed to save the day. After all, we flew in to Langkawi Island in the morning and were going to fly back to the capital of Kuala Lumpur on the last flight out at 5.45pm, so we were praying for good weather to optimise our time spent there at the Mahsuri International Exhibition Centre, which was right next to the Langkawi Airport.
It was great to see all those beautiful aircraft up close, and I enjoyed myself immensely capturing their shapes, contours and colours. One of the planes that stood out was the very large CN-235, which was a medium-range twin-engined tactical transport aircraft. It was a type of military airbus.
The fighter jets were a crowd favourite. Besides being very smart on display, they were impressive in the aerial shows, with their unparalleled control and agility.
It was my good fortune to catch the Al Fursan acrobatic team of the United Arab Emirates Air Force performing live complete with colourful smoke and fanfare. Their aerial acrobatics were executed impeccably to the cheers of the excited crowds below.
Among my favourites were the helicopters, especially the Dauphin AS365, which belonged to the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency. It was a medium-weight multipurpose twin-engine helicopter currently produced by Airbus Helicopters.
All in all, we had a good time at LIMA 2015. It was a very memorable experience, and we had the chance to familiarise ourselves with the various types of aircraft on display. Sadly, we did not have enough time to visit the maritime display at Resort World Langkawi. Perhaps we can visit the ships at the next LIMA. 🙂