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South Africa annual airshow attracts hundreds


05-09-2016 04:48 BJT

South Africa has kicked off its annual air show at Zwartkop Air Force Base, in Pretoria. It's been running for years and still remains a crowd-puller.

It's one of South Africa's most loved Air Shows. It's also Africa's largest air extravaganza. Over a hundred different aircrafts braced the skies over Pretoria. From supersonic fighter jets to adored vintage planes. Be it in the air, or on the ground, aviation enthusiasts enjoyed every bit of the excitement.

The South African Air Force Museum is an integral part of safe guarding the heritage and history of the South African Air Force. And all around there's an impressive collection that attracts thousands of visitors each year.

"We have to ensure that we can maintain that heritage and one of the means that we can do it is by hosting our annual South African Air Force Museum air show. It normally attracts all the aviation enthusiasts because it is the museum air show, you tend to see all ages of aircraft, that being the theme as well "aviation through the ages," Lieutenant Colonel Thor Fredericks, officer Commanding SAAF Museum, said.

Celebrating more than 95 years of aviation heritage and excellence, the show attracted over 30,000 people.

"Seeing those people flying those fast aircraft its like wow, I can't ask for a better day"

"I would like to be a pilot because its fun flying a plane, and I would like to be in the sky and entertain other people".

But, the Air Show is not only about thrills - is also attracts tomorrow's aviation generation.

"I guess It all began in an air show when I was in grade five and I got a chance to go up in a plane and since then I have just been in love with aviation," Pilot Sanele said.

"It amazing coming to air shows this is how my love of aviation started coming around see the Grippin's fly, the Silver Falcons it really kindles the joy of aviation. I think more people are getting exposed to aviation because of events like this and initiatives like pilots programmes and I think its an industry that is growing very rapidly," Pilot Biko said.

Whether it was the Grippin, the Cheetah or the Silver Falcons that enticed the crowds - all aircraft hit full throttle and enthralling the audience. Proving once again that these pilots and their marvellous flying machines rule the skies.

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