Living the Life

There's nothing ordinary about life in the RSAF, because everything is elevated to a different plane.

AIR FORCE ENGINEER

Most people find that women are more meticulous than men, which is an essential quality for an engineer.

ME4A Foo Inn Funn &
ME4A Foo Inn PengAir Force Engineer

SISTERS-IN-ARMS

The Foo sisters’ love for planes began with their love for television documentaries. As kids, they were especially intrigued by the ones about aeroplanes and flight.

"We were such addicts," laughs Inn Peng, the elder twin by three minutes. "We would catch them almost every week without fail."

The shows fuelled their fascination with aviation, and ignited their interest in aircraft engineering. A passion that became a real career when their father brought them to an RSAF career exhibition in 2006. They signed up for the Joint Polytechnic-SAF Diploma Scheme (JPSDS) and pursued their diplomas in Aerospace Electronics at Singapore Polytechnic.

According to the twins, their gender was never a disadvantage in their career. In fact, it proved to be a big plus.

"Most people find that women are more meticulous than men, which is an essential quality for an engineer," says Inn Funn. "Truth is, ladies can do just as well, or even better than men, if we work hard enough."

Case in point: Of those awarded Certificates of Merit in Inn Funn’s Communications Navigation Electronics Warfare training cohort, all were women – including her sister and her.

It might explain why during her Military Domain Experts Course (MDEC) training at the Officer Cadet School (OCS), Inn Peng was made flight IC of the school’s Air Wing and placed in charge of 40 of her fellow cadets.

"I had to lead people who were older than me. So the first thing I did was to earn their trust. I made sure they were alright with me taking charge," says Inn Peng. "Through active communication, I showed that I genuinely cared for them and their welfare."

HIGH-FLYING SISTERS

The rise and rise of the Foo twins.

  • Pursued Diploma in Aerospace Electronics at Singapore Polytechnic under the Joint Polytechnic-SAF Diploma Scheme
  • Underwent 3-month BMT
  • Graduated from the Air Force Training Command (AFTC)
  • Served as Senior Technicians (3SG)
  • Transferred rank to Military Expert 1 (ME1) under the Military Domain Experts Scheme (MDES), from Senior Technicians to Air Force Engineers (Maintenance)
  • Underwent Military Domain Experts Course (MDEC) at OCS
  • Attained the ranks of Military Expert 4 Trainee (ME4T)
  • Became Air Force Engineers
  • Awarded the SAF Academic Scholarship (Overseas)
  • Enrolled in the Masters in Avionics at the University of York, UK
  • Attained the ranks of Military Expert 4 Apprentice (ME4A)