Mechanical, Petroleum and Electrical Engineering students from Heriot-Watt University Malaysia (HWUM) have been treated to a special lecture and display by the Red Arrows, the famed aerobatics team of the Royal Air Force.
They joined representatives from the local Aviation College and local schools for a special lecture and Q&A session by the engineers of the Red Arrows at the British high Commission, prior to a Red Arrows performance aimed at fostering stronger ties between Malaysia and the UK.
Third year Petroleum Engineering student Hywel Phillips was among the group to attend, and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. “I have always been an avid aviation enthusiast and have seen the Red Arrows perform at several airshows back home in the UK, so when I found out they were touring Asia and having a display in Malaysia I knew I couldn't miss it!
“Bad weather delayed their arrival from Thailand and the flyover at KLCC three days beforehand was cancelled, so I was hoping the weather would ease up. Thankfully it did, and they were able to perform their full display lasting 25 minutes. They warmed up with the gentler manoeuvres, such as the Shuttle Roll and Apollo, before launching into an exciting second half, full of exciting manoeuvres such as the Gypo Break and Corkscrew. If you have never seen an aerobatic display before, the Red Arrows are one of the best!
“As one of the world's premier aerobatics display teams they're a great way to foster the UK's image abroad and the engineering team's technical talk and Q&A session before the display was appreciated by the students. The Red Arrows draw in crowds worldwide and promote British achievements abroad, as well as reinforcing the UK's commitment to global challenges. We have a national pride in the team in the UK, and hopefully they will return to Malaysia again in the near future.”
The Red Arrows visit this year coincided with the launch of the British High Commission's GREAT Britain Festival in Malaysia, celebrating the long-standing friendship between Malaysia and Britain.