Time Aviation SAAF Museum Airshow 2013.05.11
By Willie Bodenstein
A passion for aviation and for preserving our aviation heritage is the perfect recipe for organizing a show that again this year will be hard to beat. Colonel Mike O'Conner and his dedicated team at The SAAF Museum has despite very little financial support grew the museum into a world class facility with the biggest fleet of airworthy aircraft on the continent but also for the past two years staged what was judged by the Aero Club of South Africa the best airshow of the year.
The Museum this year celebrates its 40th birthday and the show despite intermittent rain, a bone chilling cold wind and threatening clouds again drew the crowds and had a line-up of acts and aircraft to please all aviation fanatics. Opening the show was the Golden Eagle Skydivers whose members represent most branches of the Defence Force.
The SAAF formation team the Silver Falcons who has thrilled the crowds at most airshows for years and who has now doubt contributed to many a youngster choosing aviation as a career presence at airshows has drastically been curtailed because of budget constraints and the Museum show we were told will be there last display in 2013.
The Impala South Africa's own legendary trainer is a regular at Airshows. It is the only one of more than 120 locally assembled or built in privately owned.
SAAF assets that made a brief appearance were Rooivalk and the C130 whilst an Atlas Angel, an ex SAAF Kudu no with turbine power did a spirited display.
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