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LIMA 2011

December 17th, 2011 Posted in General, global, Malaysia

The Langkawi Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) started 20 years ago in 1991, a brainchild of then Malaysian Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir.  The last air show I’ve been to was the Kalamazoo air show back in 1995, but this airshow cum exhibition was a whole new experience as travelling to LIMA 2011 was an experience in itself few have the chance.

I was selected to be in a group of government employees sponsored by the Malaysian Airforce for a one-day visit to LIMA 2011.  We were to travel on a military C130H plane.  Initially the date of travel was on December 7 and we were told to come before 3 am.  A couple of colleagues and I was at the airport as early as 1:45 am.   By 3am we were told  our flight would be at 5:30 am. It was the beginning of a series of false hope and finally cancellation. At about 11am we were finally told our flight was cancelled due to mechanical problem.  Imagine our frustrations.  Fortunately the airforce offered another date, that was on December 9, two days later. In retrospect, I was glad it was postponed, just imagine if we had encountered mechanical problem while airborne.  It was just too risky.

So two days later, we didn’t go to the airport as early.  We had enough sleep and in better spirit.  The airforce brought another plane so we finally took off by 8am.  We arrived at Langkawi at about 12pm.  So it was a 4-hour flight.  The Airforce was kind enough to bring us shopping till about 2pm because that’s when we had to go back to the exhibtion area for the airshow.

The airshow exhibtion itself was amazing, many modern military aircrafts, fixed and non-fixed.  But what really took my breath away were the air performances.  At the exhibition hall were companies displaying their war wares.  It’s disheartening to note that they were all there in business of war.  I didn’t spend much time at the exhibition hall as it was time to head back to the airport for our boarding.  It was 4pm.  At 6pm we were already boarding the C130 back home.  So it was another 4-hour trip back.

I wished there were more time, but I’m sure there’ll be another LIMA in two years time.  So I will be back.


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