SAAF Museum Flight Training Day Canceled as AAD Air Show Efforts
The SA Air Force (SAAF) Museum’s September Monthly Flight Training Day is the most visible ‘victim’ ahead of the Africa Aerospace and Defense (AAD) exhibit at Waterkloof Air Force Base (AFB).
The museum’s acting officer, Commanding Major Ntokozo Ntshangase, told defenceWeb that the historic aircraft in the museum’s collection “will figure prominently” in the build-up to the September 21-25 event, that it will fly during commercial days and participate in the AAD air show on the weekend of September 24/25.
Given the demands placed on old and veteran aircraft flying any number of sorties over a four-week period, it has been decided to cancel the September Flight Training Day, scheduled for this Saturday (September 3 ).
He said the decision would ensure maximum participation of museum aircraft in the AAD.
The COVID-19 pandemic and associated restrictions put an end to museum flight training days which resumed in February.
This year’s AAD also ended any possibility of the SAAF Museum holding its annual air show at the SAAF’s oldest base – AFB Swartkop in Valhalla. The museum’s air show is the main contributor to funding Swartkop and the museum’s AFB Port Elizabeth and Ysterplaat branches.
Aviation enthusiasts can have their aircraft repaired at the Rand Air show, to be held at Rand Airport on Sunday, September 4.
Tickets are now available (from Computicket) for the Africa Aerospace and Defense Air Show on September 24-25, billed as Africa’s largest international air show. The organizers confirmed a significant presence in the United States, with two C-17 Globemaster IIIs, a KC-46 tanker, a KC-135 tanker, a C-130J Super Hercules and an HH-60 helicopter, although only the HH -60 is expected. fly during the aerial parade.
defenseWeb understands that the SAAF Silver Falcons aerobatic team will be part of the AAD air show, along with Rooivalk, BK117, Hawk Mk 120, A109, C212 and other military aircraft. SAAF Museum participation will include Harvard, Alouette II and III, Kudu, Bosbok and Cessna 185.
There will also be civilian participation with aerobatic teams, airliners and other non-military aircraft scheduled to participate. There will also be a demonstration of ‘mini-war’ capability by the South African military.