South African Airforce Aviation Awareness Day Eldorado Park

On the 1st of September 2017 the South African Air force ‘SAAF’ hosted an aviation awareness day in Eldorado Park in Johannesburg West just near the Johannesburg General
Flying Area and Baragwanth airfield. The event saw a number of learners and residents attending the event at the local sports grounds.
With the proceedings starting at 10am with a formation of four 2 squadron Gripens followed
by a formation of 3 hawk mk120s from 85 combat flying school. At midday the chief of the SAAF Gen Fabian Msimang and Major Geoffrey ‘Spartan’ Cooper arrived in a helicopter formation consisting of a 19 Squadron Agusta A109LUH and a 15 Squadron ‘C’ Flt Bk117.
Gen Msimang addressed the
crowd and the imporatance of the South African Airforce, Major Cooper who grew up in Eldorado Park ‘He said he joined the SAAF as it is the most professional place to be and encouraged the youth to choose the right path’.
The mini Airshow consisted of the Silver Falcons, a Hawk solo display flown by officer commanding of 85 combat flying school Lt Col Craig ‘Shark’ Leeson. Different helicopters which were used in a mini capability demonstration such as a Oryx ,A109 and a bk117.
The SAAF Museum Alouettes 2 and 3 did and aerial ballet and on the conclusion of their display the crowds with treated to a Gripen solo display by Maj Geoffrey

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