PRETORIA SKYDIVE CLUB 50TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS
By Willie Bodenstein
Pretoria Skydive Club was founded in September 1963 and the first jump took place in October of the same year. The Club celebrated its 50th birthday on the 4 October at its park-like drop zone at Wonderboom Airport.
Peter Lawson who became chairman of the club in 1991 welcomed all to the momentous occasion and briefly outlined the history of the club before handing the microphone to Hilton Foster of the City of Tswane who told the guest that was accommodated under a Bedouin style tent and treated to a delicious lunch about the Council's plans for Wonderboom.
Peter Lawson………………………………….Hilton Foster
The Club initially leased aircraft, a far from ideal situation. In 1974 a number of investors under the leadership of Mike Snoydon got together and purchased a Pilatus Porter and the club became the first in the country to use the turbine powered workhorse. In 1984 a second Porter was added. Mike sadly passed away in accident in his Spitfire and the Porters were withdrawn forcing the club to again revert back to leasing jump ships. The Club currently operate the turbine powered Atlas Angle that belong to the Atlas Angel Trust.
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