Airlink Wonderboom Adrenaline Airshow 2016
By Juri Keyter Willie Bodenstein and Cheryl Smit
Part of Wonderboom Airport's 80th birthday celebrations and organised by Christiaan Majorana of Wonderboom's landmark Villa San Giovannis's restaurant in partnership with the City of Tshwane and the tenants of Wonderboom airport the Airlink Wonderboom Adrenaline Airshow seamlessly combined aviation and motorsport in a display of smoke, speed, daring and noise never seen before in South Africa. A first for South African air shows the purposely laid out 4,1Km race track and a 950 metre drag race strip gave those that flocked to the airport a unique mix of aviation and motorsport.
Held over two day besides the top aerobatics acts the crowd were treated to a feast of muscle cars, hot rods, amazing motorbikes, live music, great food and refreshments as well as a kid's entertainment park that kept the little ones busy.
As is now customary the event kicked off with a youth aviation careers day on the Friday and Cheryl Smit reported that 10,000 learners arrived and filled the grand stands to capacity. They were invited by the Airlink Adrenaline Wonderboom Airshow to come and experience the many career options available to them in aviation and motorsport.
South African Airlink provided the students with an opportunity to board their Bae 146/Avro RJ85 static display parked on the apron. Once seated aboard they were briefed on the various career choices that were available to them.
As it was also validation day for the participating aircraft, the learners were entertained by a number of air displays, motorbike and car racing.
It is impossible to describe each thrilling display in detail so we have decided to rather bring you a visual representation of the day's action.
Featuring thirty seven adrenaline pumping acts the Airlink Wonderboom Adrenaline Airshow set a new standard for aviation events that will be hard to follow.
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