Key Dates
Republic of Singapore Air Force

1961    Singapore Armed Forces established as a ground force
1965    Singapore gains independence
January 1968    Britain announces a planned withdrawal of forces from Singapore
September 1968    Singapore Air Defence Command (SADC) first established
1968    Pilot training commences with leased civil aircraft
May 1969    First SADC aircraft – a Cessna 172K – arrives
1969    First helicopter arrives – Alouette III
1970    First jet aircraft – BAC Strikemaster
1970    First combat aircraft – Hawker Hunter arrives
October 1971    Britain withdraws its forces from Singapore
1 April 1975    SADC renamed Republic of Singapore Air Force

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