Saturday, 20 September 2008

AAD - International Airshow in Cape Town this weekend

The annual African Aerospace and Defence Airshow is taking place at Ysterplat Airfield in Cape Town this weekend. The good news is that the Weather Gods have blessed the event and the forecast is for clear skies on Saturday afternoon and Sunday - a welcome change from the miserable weather that Cape Town has been experiencing this Winter.

Interestingly enough, reports of snow in many areas of KZN today, have had the Winter Sports fanatics clambering for their gear! Although snow has fallen, at some time over the last fifty years, in every month of the year in the Drakensberg, it is very unusual to get such a big dump this far into what should be Spring.

Whilst the snowboarders head for Afriski and Tiffendell, if you want to see some aerial action of a different kind, head to the AAD International Airshow this weekend. This event, set against the beautiful backdrop of Table Mountain, has become one of the premier airshows in Africa.

The program includes a lot of the usual airshow participants and a number of unique highlights. From a civilian airline perspective, the Boeing 747-400, the Airbus A340 and a Boeing 737 will all be doing displays this year. The airforce is also well represented this year and will have the new Grippen doing a routine, a Mirage, the Rooivalke helicopter and the traditional formation flying of the Silver Falcons.

All in all it sounds like a fantastic days outing and at R50 per ticket for adults, we give it the thumbs up for 'value for money'. The event is going to be very well attended, as usual, so we suggest that you check out the AAD Website to get more details and directions. We unfortunately can't make it this year, but if any of you are going, please send us some pics and post about your experience on our Forum. Happy Flying!!

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