Satellite and aerial maps of Changi International Airport with nearby locations
|3.8||131||WSAC||Changi RSAF, South East|
|7.2||137||Changi Naval Base, South East|
|8.2||265||WSAP||Paya Lebar, North East|
|14.1||293||WSSL||Seletar, Central Singapore|
|20.0||288||WSAG||Sembawang, North West|
|20.7||301||SGSEM||Sembcorp Marine Ltd,|
History of this Location
The Japanese recognised the potential of Changi for an air base and construction began with PoW labour at the farthest eastern point of Singapore Island in 1942. Work on improvements continued until 1944. After WWII, the RAF managed a large amount of work, turning RAF Changi into the largest transport support base in the region.
As well as being the ultimate destination of the RAF Transport Command Changi Slip supply route, the base is more famous for the Changi Murals, painted on the walls of the chapel in the old infirmary building of the camp for PoWs in WWII by Stanley Warren. They had been painted over and when the RAF discovered them, it sought out the ex-PoW and in visits between 1963 and 1982, they were restored.
With the British withdrawal from overseas commitments, RAF Changi closed in Dec 1971, when it was handed over to the SADC. The first RSAF unit to be based here was 120 Squadron with its Alouette IIIs. The Singapore government decided to move most RSAF resources elsewhere and develop Changi as a commercial airport. Work began in 1975 and on 1 Jul 1981 Changi International became the main civilian airport for Singapore. An RSAF element still remains at the base.
List of units at Changi International Airport
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|Years||Rotary Wing Aircraft Unit||bold : Current Model|
normal: Unit no longer at this base
|1969/71||103 Squadron||Whirlwind 1963/72 |
|1969/71||110 Squadron||Whirlwind 1963/71 |
|1950/51||Far East Casualty Evacuation Flight||dragonfly 1950/53 |
Changi International Airport News
10th Bell 429 Delivered to the Philippines, 19-Feb-22 : #SingaporeAirshow Bell delivered the 10th Bell 429 helicopter in VIP configuration to the Philippines during the Singapore Air Show 2022. There are now more than 400 Bell 429s serving around the world
Bell at Singapore Air Show 2022, 17-Feb-22 : #SingaporeAirshow Bell Showcases the Bell 429 Law Enforcement Demonstrator and a Bell 505 in VIP configuration at the Singapore Air Show 2022, Changi Exhibition Centre, February 15-18
Subaru at Rotorcraft Asia 2019, 12-Apr-19 : #Subaru Subaru introduced the Bell 412EPX at the Rotorcraft Asia 2019 held in Singapore, April 9-11. Japan type certification is in process
Airbus Helicopters at Rotorcraft Asia 2017, 11-Apr-17 : The Airbus H160 will be present at Rotorcraft Asia 2017 at the Singapore’s Changi Exhibition Centre, April 18 to 20
Russian Helicopters at the Singapore Airshow, 15-Feb-16 : Russian Helicopters showing its Mi-171A2 helicopter at the Singapore Airshow, Changi Exhibition Centre, February 16-21