Bethlehem Airshow 2017

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Bethlehem Air Show to airshow regulars and display pilots is always known as the coldest airshow in South Africa.We arrived at Bethlehem Airport with a Temperature of -1 and cloudy conditions,with aircraft arriving from Rand Airport – FAGM and other airports around Gauteng,there was lots of display aircraft to choose from!
The Executive Mayor Lindiwe Kambule
Makhalema welcomed all the crowd and Participants who came to enjoy the show from all over South Africa. The show was opened by a Bell 222UT from Henley Air based at Rand Airport and displayed by Andre Coetzee. Next up was the Paradrop from Little Annie An2 flown by Jon-Marc Hill and @Mark Hill. CAPITAL SOUNDS provided excellent sound and commentary during the day and it was also a proud day for them seeing their new Capital Sounds Canopy being put to use with one of the Skydivers Chute.
Team Extreme made up of Nigel Hopkins Aerobatics in his Extra 330, Mark Hensman in his MX2, Jason Beamish in the Sbach 342 and Mark Sampson in another Sbach 342 it was the first display seen with all these aircraft in a formation display.
737 formation
Jet action we saw an L39 belonging to Richard Lovett flown by Pierre Gouws and David Laas Impala Mkl flown by Mike Winegards.
The Goodyear Eagles – Aerobatics Unlimited Pitts S2Bs flew their high energetic display aswell as Team Torre with there Pitt Special bi-planes.
The Puma Energy Flying Lions Aerobatic Team Harvards showing off their new sponsor to the Dihlabeng Local Municipality.
South Africas airshow regulars Ivan Van Der Schaar in his Boeing Stearman, Neville Ferria in his Slick 540 and Conrade Botha in his Slick 360 showed off their gentle and high energy aerobatics to the crowds delight.
We welcomed back the Silver Falcons Aerobatic Team team to Bethlehem after their absence from Rand Airshow last weekend. Major Mark “Katana” Gentles and his team keeping their formation flying tight and flying the flag for the South African Airforce!
This show had to be one of the largest crowds Bethlehem airshow has ever had tothe media perspective.Definitely a country show for airshow lovers to attend. Aviation Central looking forward to next year already!
The organisers Khoto Motsoeneng, Stephan Fourie and Malefu Mokoena, Pete van der Spek handling the media and all the sponsors well done on a great show.

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