Hornet Fighter Jet Fly-Past To Mark Last Malaysian GP
September 30, 2017 23:49 PM
SEPANG, Sept 30 (Bernama) -- After making their fly-past at the first Formula One (F1) Malaysian Grand Prix 19 years ago, four F/A-18D Hornet fighter jets will once again be given the honour to carry out a fly-past at the last F1 race at Sepang International Circuit (SIC) tomorrow.
The thunderous sounds of the four F/A-18D Hornet jets from the 18th Squadron of the Royal Malaysian Air Force which were deployed in the battle against Sulu intruders in Lahad Datu, Sabah in 2013, will bound to awed spectators.
Major Hazman Harun, 36, who had been tasked with leading the fly-past tomorrow said the show lasting one minute involved a formation display of three aircraft followed by a solo flight at high speed.
"We are very happy to be given the honour to carry out another fly-past for the last time at SIC after having performed similar acts in 1999, 2000 and 2002.
"Tomorrow. we will conduct a three craft formation followed by a solo performance as low as 250 feet above sea level at 833 km per hour," he told Bernama here today. According to Hazman, during the training session, the weather was the biggest challenge faced by the team better known as 'The Mighty Hornet'.
"We began our practice two days ago and the uncertain weather condition at SIC especially heavy rain with lightning was a major challenge to us," he said.
The 19th Malaysian GP will be the last after Malaysia held its debut F1 race in 1999.