Agong to break sound barrier on Su 30 MKM

His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong Tuanku Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Ibni Almarhum Sultan Mahmood will be the first Malaysian monarch to break the sound barrier this morning. On an official visit to TUDM Butterworth, His Majesty is expected to be flown in a Su 30 MKM fighter.

His Majesty SPB YDP Agong upon arrival at TUDM Butterworth

His Majesty is expected to be airborne by 1030hrs. He is expected to fly off Langkawi Island where the multi role combat aircraft will break the sound barrier for His Majesty. Tuanku Sultan Mizan is the first monarch to fly supersonic in this type and the second head of state to do so.

His Majesty was greeted by TYT Governor of Penang Tun Abdul Rahman Abas, Minsiter of Defense Dato’ Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Chief of Defense Forces Jen. Tan Sri Azizan Ariffin TUDM and Chief of Air Force Jen. Tan Sri Rodzali Daud TUDM.

Today’s sortie: Air Chief Marshall Tuanku Sultan Mizan and CO of No. 11 Sqdn Col. Asghar Khan

His Majesty being strapped on while Col. Asghar Khan climbs into the pilot's seat

Col. Mohd. Asghar Khan Gomiran Khan, the CO of No 11 Sqdn based in TUDM Gong Kedak is the flight commander. The sortie include two F/A 18D fighters. His Majesty flew at a maximum speed of mach 1.1 in this sortie. Col. Asghar took the aircraft northwest wards past Penang Islang towards Langkawi, flew over the terrain and then south of Gunung Mat Cincang and went west towards the Andaman Sea. Then he took the aircraft to 16,000ft and at supersonic speed upto 45 nautical miles west of Langkawi.

Salute from Air Chief Marshall of TUDM

Thumbs up from the Head of Constitution

They turned back and later was joined by two F/A 18Ds from No. 18 Sqdn. The sortie took 58 minutes.

Accepting the plaque commemorating His Majesty's supersonic flight

Upon arrival back at TUDM Butterworth, His Majesty was presented a plaque to commemorate him flew at supersonic speed. He was very pleased. He had lunch with the officers at the Officers’ Mess and later departed back to TUDM Subang on the No. 2 Sqdn BBJ. His parting words were “Looking forward to another experience”.

*Updated 315pm

Published in: on February 7, 2011 at 06:50  Comments (9)