Aviation Enthusiasts Gear Up for Spectacular Airshow at Swartkop

Aviation enthusiasts are invited to step back in time and soar into the future as the SAAF Museum hosts the “Flight Through Time – Legends of the Skies” airshow. This spectacular event will take place on May 4, 2024, at the historic Mobile Deployment Wing Swartkop (Old Air Force Base Swartkop). With the gates opening at 7:00 AM, attendees will have the opportunity to experience a full day of aviation history and heroics that span the ages.

Journey Through Aviation History

Warbirds and Vintage Aircraft: The airshow will highlight iconic aircraft that have shaped aviation history. Spectators can marvel at the North American P-51D Mustang and the de Havilland Tiger Moth, alongside other legends like the Bell UH-1H Iroquois and the beautifully restored Hawker Hunter T68. Also on show will be the SAAF Museum C-185, AM3-C Bosbok and the SAAF Museum North American Harvard.

Modern Military Power: Showcasing advancements in aviation, the South African Air Force (SAAF) will display cutting-edge aircraft such as the BAE Systems Hawk Mk120 from 85 Combat Flying School, Agusta A109LUH, BK-117 from 15 Squadron Charlie Flight, and the agile Pilatus PC7MKII from the Central Flying School as well as the 44 Squadron Casa 212.

Aerial Acrobatics and Displays

Aerobatic Mastery: In line with the theme, aerobatic teams such as Team Extra with Nigel Hopkins and Jason Beamish, and the Goodyear Eagles Pitts, Puma Energy Flying Lions & Hired Gun Pitts, and Andrew Blackwood-Murray in the Nashua Aerobatic Aircraft Extra300L who will all perform breathtaking maneuvers that demonstrate the evolution of aerobatic flight.

Helicopter Heroes: The evolution of rotary-wing aircraft will be on full display with performances by the SAAF Museum’s Alouette II & III and the Aerospatiale Puma, along with civilian showcases by Juba Joubert in the Gazelle and Alouette III.

Additional Attractions

Lighter-than-Air and Rotary Craft: Reflecting on lighter forms of aviation, the show will include Paramotors from Grasslands and the nimble Magni Gyrocopter, Raptors RVs, North American Navions, the Springbok Group of Companies Beech 18 and the L-29 Delfín “Austrian Eagle”, all offering a unique perspective on flight. Other displays include the South African Police Airwing.

Ground Exhibitions and Static Displays: Visitors can explore a variety of static displays that narrate the storied past and exciting future of aviation, enhancing the thematic journey through time. The military also has displays such as 142 SQN – Tactical mobile radar (TMR), 140 SQN – Umlindi long range radar and mobile tower, Mobile Communications Unit (MCU) – TC4 and Mamba, Air Defence Artillery (ADA) – the Oerlikon 35mm Anti Aircraft gun with associated LDP20 field radar.

Ticket Information
Advance tickets are available through Ticketpro, ensuring attendees can secure their place at this highly anticipated event.

The “Flight Through Time – Legends of the Skies” theme promises to connect the dots between the storied past of aviation and its dynamic future, making this airshow a must-visit event for anyone fascinated by the wonder of flight.

Secure your spot today and be part of this incredible journey through the legends of the skies!

🗓️ 4 May 2024
🕖 Gates open at 07:00
📌 Mobile Deployment Wing Swartkop (Old Air Force Base Swartkop)
For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit: Ticketpro.

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